Simple Definition of designer drug
: a drug that is created to be only slightly different from an illegal drug so that it will not be considered illegal
: an artificially made drug that is used for pleasure
Full Definition of designer drug
: a synthetic version of a controlled substance (as heroin) that is produced with a slightly altered molecular structure to avoid having it classified as an illicit drug
Examples of designer drug in a sentence
Ecstasy is a designer drug.
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Medical Definition of designer drug
1: a synthetic version of a controlled substance (such as heroin) that is produced with a slightly altered molecular structure to avoid classification as an illicit drug <Los Angeles County health officials warned Tuesday against the use of bath salts—the designer drug involved in a series of bizarre incidents and arrests …—Wesley Lowery, The Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2012> <… the firm is involved in the illegal production and sale of MDMA, a designer drug commonly known as “ecstasy.”—Time, 6 Mar. 1989>
2: a synthetic, therapeutic agent designed to have a highly selective mode of action so that effectiveness is maximized and side effects are minimized compared with existing therapies <In contrast to past trial-and-error discovery, we are starting to see designer drugs that target known sites on molecules implicated in disease.—Nathaniel C. Comfort, The New York Times Book Review, 9 Sept. 2001> <Results of another dramatic prevention study zeroed in on raloxifene, a chemical cousin of tamoxifen, and one of the first so-called estrogen designer drugs.—Patricia Guthrie, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 24 May 1998>
Legal Definition of designer drug
: a synthetic version of a controlled substance (as heroin) that is produced with a slightly altered molecular structure to avoid having it classified as an illegal drug
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