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phencyclidine

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noun phen·cy·cli·dine \(ˌ)fen-ˈsi-klə-ˌdēn, -ˈsī-, -dən\

Definition of phencyclidine

  1. :  a piperidine derivative C17H25N used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride especially as a veterinary anesthetic and sometimes illicitly as a psychedelic drug —called also angel dust, PCP



Origin of phencyclidine

phen- + cycl- + -idine


First Known Use: 1959


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phencyclidine

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noun phen·cy·cli·dine \(ˈ)fen-ˈsik-lə-ˌdēn, -ˈsī-klə-, -dən\

Medical Definition of phencyclidine

  1. :  a piperidine derivative used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride C17H25N·HCl especially as a veterinary anesthetic and sometimes illicitly as a psychedelic drug to induce vivid mental imagery—called also angel dust, PCP




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