amphetamine

noun am·phet·amine \ am-ˈfe-tə-ˌmēn , -mən \
Updated on: 24 Apr 2018

Definition of amphetamine

: a racemic compound C9H13N or one of its derivatives (such as dextroamphetamine or methamphetamine) that is a stimulant of the central nervous system, is often abused illicitly, and is 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

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Origin and Etymology of amphetamine

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


AMPHETAMINE Defined for English Language Learners

amphetamine

Definition of amphetamine for English Language Learners

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


AMPHETAMINE Defined for Kids

amphetamine

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

Definition of amphetamine for Students

: a drug that makes the nervous system more active

Medical Dictionary

amphetamine

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

medical Definition of amphetamine

: a racemic sympathomimetic amine C9H13N or one of its derivatives (as dextroamphetamine or methamphetamine) that is a stimulant of the central nervous system, is frequently abused illicitly often leading to dependence, and is 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 adderall


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