One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A local anaesthetic derived from piperidine and similar in structure and action to lignocaine, usually given by injection as the hydrochloride; (1-methyl-2-piperidyl)formo-2′,6′-xylidide, C₁₅H₂₂N₂O.
1960s. From me- + pi- + -va- + -caine.
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