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Meaning of acetylcysteine

a•ce•tyl•cys•te•ine

Pronunciation: (u-sēt"l-sis'tē-ēn", -in, u-set"-, as"i-tl-), [key]
— n. Pharm.
  1. a substance, CHNOS, used in solution as an inhalant to dissolve mucus in the treatment of chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema and also used as an antidote in acetaminophen poisoning.
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