noun[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic compound used as a local anaesthetic, e.g. for dental surgery, and in treating abnormal heart rhythms.
- In 1905, cocaine was replaced by the synthetic drug novocaine This in turn was replaced by lignocaine, which is in use today.
- Local anaesthetics, for example benzocaine and lignocaine are used in both lozenges and throat sprays.
- Other topical medicines have been used to induce vasoconstriction, including adrenaline, oxymetazoline, xylometazoline and phenylephrine, combined with lignocaine for anaesthesia.
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