Meaning of propranolol in English:


Pronunciation /prəʊˈpranəlɒl/


mass nounMedicine
  • A synthetic compound which acts as a beta blocker and is used mainly in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia.

    Chemical formula: C₁₆H₂₁NO₂

    ‘The beta blockers, including propranolol, nadolol, atenolol, metoprolol, and timolol, are effective but may cause fatigue, sleep disorders, and decreased exercise tolerance.’
    • ‘Drug interactions have been shown to occur with alprazolam, warfarin, theophylline, propranolol, and tricyclic antidepressants.’
    • ‘Beta blockers like propranolol or metoprolol also affect sleep.’
    • ‘Several randomized trials have shown that beta blockers such as propranolol and nadolol can reduce the risk of initial variceal bleeding from about 45 percent to 22 percent.’
    • ‘Previous studies have shown that if taken before a traumatic event, or within six hours of the event, a drug such as propranolol (a common beta blocker) can significantly reduce recall of that event.’


1960s from pro(pyl) + pr(op)anol, with the reduplication of -ol.