meperidine hydrochloride

Pronunciation: (meh-PAYR-ih-deen HY-droh-KLOR-ide)

A drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. It binds to opioid receptors in the central nervous system. Meperidine hydrochloride is a type of analgesic agent and a type of opioid. Also called Demerol.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-09-15 Date last modified: 2009-05-01