Definition of tacrine in English:

tacrine

Syllabification: tac·rine
Pronunciation: /ˈtakˌrēn
 
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noun

Medicine
  • A synthetic drug used in Alzheimer’s disease to inhibit the breakdown of acetylcholine by cholinesterase and thereby enhance neurological function.
    • An acridine derivative; chemical formula: C13H15N2Cl
    More example sentences
    • The cholinesterase inhibitor tacrine is used rarely because of potential liver toxicity and the need for frequent laboratory monitoring.
    • These effects are comparable to those of the drug tacrine, which is prescribed for Alzheimer's disease.
    • The pharmacologic characteristics and side effects of tacrine make it a second-line agent.

Origin

1960s: from t(etra-) + acr(id)ine.

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