Definition of ethacrynic acid in English:

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ethacrynic acid

Pronunciation: /eTHəˌkrinik ˈasəd/


A powerful diuretic drug used in the treatment of fluid retention, especially that associated with heart, liver, and kidney disorders.
  • Alternative name: 2,3-dichloro-4-(2-ethylacryloyl) phenoxyacetic acid; chemical formula: C13H12Cl2O4.
Example sentences
  • The combination of a loop diuretic (eg, ethacrynic acid, furosemide, or bumetanide) and metolazone is a powerful diuretic combination.
  • The risk is increased with age or concomitant use of loop-inhibiting diuretics (furosemide, ethacrynic acid).


1960s: ethacrynic from elements of the systematic name (see above).

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Syllabification: eth·a·cryn·ic ac·id

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