One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drug with structure and actions similar to those of lidocaine, given (usually as the hydrochloride) orally or intravenously in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias, and sometimes for the relief of neurogenic pain; 1-(2,6-dimethylphenoxy)-2-propanamine, C₆H₃(CH₃)₂(OCH₂CH(CH₃)NH₂).
1970s; earliest use found in Journal Pharmacy & Pharmacology. From me- + xil- + et- + -ine, after the alternative chemical name 1-methyl-2-(2,6-xylyloxy)ethylamine.
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