One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A powerful diuretic drug used in the treatment of fluid retention, especially that associated with heart, liver, and kidney disorders.
Alternative name: 2,3-dichloro-4-(2-ethylacryloyl) phenoxyacetic acid; chemical formula: C₁₃H₁₂Cl₂O₄
- ‘The risk is increased with age or concomitant use of loop-inhibiting diuretics (furosemide, ethacrynic acid).’
- ‘The combination of a loop diuretic (eg, ethacrynic acid, furosemide, or bumetanide) and metolazone is a powerful diuretic combination.’
1960s: ethacrynic from elements of the systematic name (see above).
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