Bethanechol Definition

bĕ-thănĭ-kôl, -kŏl
A cholinergic drug, C7 H16 N2 O2 , that is used in the form of its chloride to treat urinary retention by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
American Heritage Medicine

A parasympathomimetic choline carbamate that selectively stimulates muscarinic receptors without any effect on nicotinic receptors.


Origin of Bethanechol

  • Perhaps beth- (blend of beta) (methyl) –ane chol(ine)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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