ad·​re·​no·​chrome | \ ə-ˈdrē-nō-ˌkrōm How to pronounce adrenochrome (audio) \

Definition of adrenochrome

: a red-colored mixture of quinones derived from epinephrine by oxidation

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Recent Examples on the Web The scene was immortalized in Terry Gilliam’s 1998 film; a YouTube clip of Johnny Depp’s character taking adrenochrome, which to date has more than 1.7 million views, has drawn thousands of comments referencing the conspiracy. Brian Friedberg, Wired, "The Dark Virality of a Hollywood Blood-Harvesting Conspiracy," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of adrenochrome

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adrenochrome

borrowed from German Adrenochrom, from adreno- adreno- + -chrom -chrome

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“Adrenochrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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ad·​re·​no·​chrome | \ ə-ˈdrē-nə-ˌkrōm How to pronounce adrenochrome (audio) \

Medical Definition of adrenochrome

: a red-colored mixture of quinones derived from epinephrine by oxidation and yielding a product like melanin on further oxidation

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