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procaine(prōkān`), anesthetic drug, commonly called novocaine, that gives prolonged relief from pain (see anesthesiaanesthesia
[Gr.,=insensibility], loss of sensation, especially that of pain, induced by drugs, especially as a means of facilitating safe surgical procedures. Early modern medical anesthesia dates to experiments with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) by Sir Humphry Davy of England
..... Click the link for more information. ). It is used as a local anesthetic and in rectal and other surgerysurgery,
branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and the excision and repair of pathological conditions by means of operative procedures (see also anesthesia; medicine; radiology).
..... Click the link for more information. . It is marketed under the trade name Novocain.
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