Definition of optochin in English:

optochin

(also optochine, optoquine)

noun

Pharmacology
  • A bactericidal derivative of quinine now used chiefly as a diagnostic test for Streptococcus pneumoniae; dihydrocupreine ethyl ether, C₂₁H₂₈O₂N₂.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From German Optochinum from opto- (from its use in treating eye infections) + Chin- (in Chinin) + -um, after Latin nouns in -um.

Pronunciation

optochin

/ˈɒptətʃɪn/