Definition of benzocaine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛnzə(ʊ)keɪn/


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic crystalline compound which is used as a local anaesthetic.
  • Alternative name: ethyl para-aminobenzoate; chemical formula NH2C6H4COOC2H5.
Example sentences
  • Local anaesthetics - for example benzocaine, lignocaine are used in both lozenges and throat sprays.
  • Some women find colposcopy very painful while others hardly notice it, according to a clinical trial testing topical benzocaine and ibuprofen against placebo.
  • Over-the-counter drugs such as carbamide peroxide, benzocaine, menthol, or eucalyptol can lessen the pain.


1920s: from benzoic acid + -caine (from cocaine).

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