Definition of verapamil in English:


Syllabification: ve·ra·pam·il
Pronunciation: /vəˈrapəməl


  • A synthetic compound that acts as a calcium antagonist and is used to treat angina pectoris and cardiac arrhythmias.
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    • The patient was treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics, verapamil and digoxin, and oxygen, and anticoagulation was adjusted.
    • If the fibrillation continues, the response of the ventricle can be slowed by beta blockers, verapamil or digitalis.
    • Her 54-year-old husband had hypertension treated with sustained-release verapamil.


1960s: from v(al)er(onitr)il(e) (from valeric acid + nitrile), with the insertion of -apam- (of unknown origin).

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