Definition of terbutaline in English:

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Pronunciation: /tərˈbyo͞odlˌēn/


A synthetic compound with bronchodilator properties, used especially in the treatment of asthma.
  • Chemical formula: C12H19NO3
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.


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

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