Definition of terbutaline in English:

terbutaline

noun

Medicine
  • A synthetic compound with bronchodilator properties, used especially in the treatment of asthma.

    • ‘She took terbutaline, an asthma drug, to stop premature labor for the last three months of her pregnancy.’
    • ‘Terbutaline passes into breast milk but has not been shown to cause harmful effects in the infant.’

Origin

1960s: from ter- + butyl (elements of the systematic name), on the pattern of words such as isoprenaline.

Pronunciation

terbutaline

/tərˈbyo͞odlˌēn/