[be-than-i-kawl, -kol]
noun Pharmacology.
a substance, C 7 H 17 ClN 2 O 2 , used to treat urinary retention, especially postoperatively.

perhaps beth- (blend of beta and methyl) + -ane + chol(ine); the substance is a urethan of beta-methylcholine chloride Unabridged
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bethanechol be·than·e·chol (bě-thān'ĭ-kôl')
A cholinergic drug that stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and is used in the form of its chloride to treat abdominal distention and urinary retention.

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