Definition of novocaine in English:


(also Novocain)


  • 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).