amphetamine

noun
am·​phet·​amine | \ am-ˈfe-tə-ˌmēn How to pronounce amphetamine (audio) , -mən \

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

Examples of amphetamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some common prescription medications, like antidepressants, share a similar structural backbone with methamphetamine, called phenylethylamine, which can cause a false positive amphetamine and methamphetamine screen. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2022 Researchers in the Kasson Lab have detected an amphetamine in the fungus that may be messing with the cicadas. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 There is the potential for abuse and possible long-term negative effects related to MDMA, an amphetamine derivative. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Wellbutrin, known generically as bupropion, is an aminoketone antidepressant or a dopamine reuptake inhibitor, whereas Adderall, known generically as dextroamphetamine/amphetamine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Unconvinced by the official story, Lillian seeks out his former drug dealer (Bella Thorne), first to threaten her with a rather large knife, then to ask her for help finding out who actually supplied Curtis with the rare amphetamine that killed him. Michael Nordine, Variety, 18 Mar. 2022 They were accused of illegally selling fentanyl, oxycodone, amphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy. NBC News, 26 Oct. 2021 Her family still questions that conclusion, saying the only amphetamine in her body was the Adderall she’d been prescribed. Jessica Contrera, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Dec. 2021 The map resembles a game of pin the tail on the donkey at an amphetamine-fueled birthday party. Jon Billman, Outside Online, 13 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of amphetamine

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphetamine

a(lpha) entry 2 + m(ethyl) + phe(n-) + et(hyl) + amine

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The first known use of amphetamine was in 1938

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17 May 2022

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“Amphetamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphetamine. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for amphetamine

amphetamine

noun
am·​phet·​amine | \ am-ˈfe-tə-ˌmēn How to pronounce amphetamine (audio) , -mən \

Kids Definition of amphetamine

: a drug that makes the nervous system more active

amphetamine

noun
am·​phet·​amine | \ am-ˈfet-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce amphetamine (audio) , -mən How to pronounce amphetamine (audio) \

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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