Share this entry

Share this page

terbutaline

Syllabification: ter·bu·ta·line
Pronunciation: /tərˈbyo͞odlˌēn
 
/

Definition of terbutaline in English:

noun

Medicine
A synthetic compound with bronchodilator properties, used especially in the treatment of asthma.
Example sentences
  • She took terbutaline, an asthma drug, to stop premature labor for the last three months of her pregnancy.
  • Terbutaline passes into breast milk but has not been shown to cause harmful effects in the infant.

Origin

1960s: from ter- + butyl (elements of the systematic name), on the pattern of words such as isoprenaline.

Definition of terbutaline in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbäskij
noun
massed trees or shrubs