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Medical Term:

naloxone hydrochloride

Pronunciation: nal-ok'son hi'dro-klor'id

Definition: A synthetic congener of oxymorphone, a potent antagonist of both endorphins and narcotics. Used to treat opiate overdose to reverse coma and respiratory depression; included in formulations of pentazocine to reduce the risk of abuse.

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