Definition of pentazocine in English:

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Pronunciation: /penˈtazəˌsēn/


A synthetic compound that is a potent, nonaddictive analgesic, often given during childbirth.
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  • Other medications that have caused occasional interaction during the perioperative period include fentanyl, carbamazepine, and pentazocine.
  • Meperidine or pentazocine are recommended by some physicians.
  • An expert panel determined, for example, that pain relievers like meperidine and pentazocine carry more risk than benefit for the elderly.


1960s: from pentane + azo- + octa- + -ine4.

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Syllabification: pen·taz·o·cine

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