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amphetamine

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noun am·phet·amine \am-ˈfe-tə-ˌmēn, -mən\

Simple Definition of amphetamine

  • : a drug that causes the nervous system to become more active so that a person feels more energy and mental excitement

Full Definition of amphetamine

  1. :  a racemic compound C9H13N or one of its derivatives (as dextroamphetamine or methamphetamine) frequently abused as a stimulant of the central nervous system but used clinically especially as the sulfate or hydrochloride salt to treat hyperactive children and the symptoms of narcolepsy and as a short-term appetite suppressant in dieting

Origin of amphetamine

International Scientific Vocabulary alpha + methyl + phen- + ethyl + amine


First Known Use: 1938


AMPHETAMINE Defined for Kids

amphetamine

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noun am·phet·amine \am-ˈfe-tə-ˌmēn, -mən\

Definition of amphetamine

  1. :  a drug that makes the nervous system more active




Medical Dictionary

amphetamine

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noun am·phet·amine \am-ˈfet-ə-ˌmēn, -mən\

Medical Definition of amphetamine

  1. :  a racemic sympathomimetic amine C9H13N or one of its derivatives (as dextroamphetamine or methamphetamine) frequently abused as a stimulant of the central nervous system but used clinically especially in the form of its sulfate C9H13N·H2SO4 to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy and formerly as a short-term appetite suppressant—see benzedrine





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