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To the Editor.
—What philological explanation is there in the suffix "caine" as it is used in numerous pain-killer combinations? Take, for instance, tetracaine (Pontocaine), chloroprocaine (Nesacaine) hydrochloride, procaine hydrochloride (Novocain), dibucaine (Nupercaine) hydrochloride, cyclomethycaine sulfate (Surfacaine), lidocaine (Xylocaine), cocaine, piperocaine (Metycaine) hydrochloride.
Kulvin MM. THE SUFFIX "CAINE". Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;87(1):110. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000020112019