One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for procaine
- ‘In 1905, cocaine was replaced by the synthetic drug novocaine This in turn was replaced by lignocaine, which is in use today.’
- ‘Before beginning the procedure, you will inhale an aerosol spray of a medicine like Novocain, which numbs the nose and throat area and helps to prevent coughing and gagging during the procedure.’
- ‘You don't want to be at the dentist and have the novocaine wear off halfway through a root canal, do you?’
- ‘Twenty-three years as a published writer have taught me that publishing is a hazardous enterprise at best, an arena of life where it would be best to inject your self-esteem with novocaine if such a thing were possible.’
- ‘As well as the usual Novocain and gas, she also offers a relaxing aromatherapy service and specially designed Eye Trek glasses which allow you to watch your favourite DVD while she tinkers about with your teeth.’
Early 20th century: from Latin novus ‘new’ + -caine (from cocaine).
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