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 Sarah Kerrigan, a toxicology expert, said the levels detected were more than 10 times higher than would be found in a person taking amphetamines for medical reasons, such as treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Los Angeles Times, "They lived on the porous border between haves and have-nots. They died in a double murder-suicide," 10 Oct. 2019 Dormaier had amphetamines and THC in his system, authorities said. oregonlive, "Portland car thief who repeatedly 'put the public in extraordinary danger’ gets 4 years in prison," 13 Nov. 2019 Results of a blood sample taken from Cooper and analyzed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension showed the presence of methamphetamine, amphetamine and a metabolite of THC, charges state. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Wrong-way driver was on meth when she crashed in Rosemount, injuring three people, charges say," 23 Oct. 2019 Joel Salinas Natal, 36, and Gretchen Orriols-Montero, 33, face three charges of manufacturing or delivering amphetamine and heroin, according to online court records. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two charged after West Allis police and the DEA bust meth and heroin dealers," 17 Oct. 2019 Seattle police last month conducted a raid on a Sammamish home that recovered some 12,000 fentanyl pills, along with other drugs including amphetamines and MDMA, as well as weapons and cash. Anchorage Daily News, "Warning issued after at least 3 high schoolers around Seattle die from fentanyl-laced pills," 7 Oct. 2019 Adderall, a medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Gary Klien, The Mercury News, "Bay Area doctor accused of medical, sexual improprieties," 15 July 2019 Taylor later tested positive for opiates, methamphetamine, amphetamine and methadone, the police report said. Aubrey Carpenter, azcentral, "Mesa man arrested in impaired crash that killed cyclist, police say," 11 July 2019 Outlaw motorcycle gangs, heavily involved in the amphetamine and meth trades, allegedly sought to assassinate drug cops. oregonlive.com, "Sex, drugs and police corruption in Portland: How the wild 1970s paved the way to the city’s future," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of amphetamine

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphetamine

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

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The first known use of amphetamine was in 1938

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amphetamine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphetamine. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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amphetamine

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of amphetamine

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

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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