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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


ketamine hydrochloride  listen  (KEE-tuh-meen HY-droh-KLOR-ide)

  A drug used to cause a loss of feeling and awareness and to induce sleep in patients having surgery. It is also being studied in the treatment of nerve pain caused by chemotherapy. Ketamine hydrochloride blocks pathways to the brain that are involved in sensing pain. It is a type of general anesthetic. Also called Ketalar and ketamine.