One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A derivative of nicotinic acid used as a respiratory stimulant and analeptic; nicotinic acid diethylamide, (C₅H₄N)CON(CH₂CH₃)₂. [A trademark for this drug is Coramine.]
1940s; earliest use found in Journal of the American Medical Association. From nik- + eth- + amide.
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