One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic compound chemically similar to stovaine, (formerly) used as a local and spinal anaesthetic. [Chemical name: 1-dimethylamino-2-(dimethyl-aminoethyl)-2-butanol benzoate hydrochloride; C16H26O2N2HCl. Formerly a trademark in the United States and United Kingdom.]
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From German Alypin from ancient Greek ἄλυπος painless + German -in.
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