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

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In addition to the neglect charge, Nicole faces three counts of possession with intent to deliver amphetamine, according to local station WGBA. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Girl with Disabilities Suffered a 'Slow Death' from Her Mother's Neglect, Authorities Allege," 13 June 2018 He was suspended the first 50 games this season after testing positive for the stimulant amphetamine, but has had a hot bat since returning. Josh Land, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles on deck: Álvarez designated for assignment, plus what to watch Tuesday at Nationals," 19 June 2018 The Cochrane Review on the use of amphetamines (sold under brand names including Adderall) for ADHD in children was no more reassuring. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Kids who start kindergarten young are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD," 17 Dec. 2018 Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine, a drug used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Alexis Stevens, The Seattle Times, "Georgia tallies meth’s toll: Nearly 20 percent of those killed by police in state test positive for it," 20 Nov. 2018 The Hartford Courant reports that court documents show Former Bridgeport Diocese Monsignor Kevin Wallin recently tested positive for amphetamine at the facility where he's been receiving treatment. Fox News, "'Monsignor Meth' fails drug test, may go back to prison," 25 Aug. 2018 Several others were also arrested for using a similar method to smuggle K2 and synthetic amphetamines into a Polk County Jail, according to FOX 35 Orlando. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Dangerous 'drug' trend infiltrating Florida prisons, sheriff says," 12 Sep. 2018 Had he not been suspended for testing positive for amphetamine, Wilkerson could have earned a major league utility roster spot this spring. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Mark Trumbo now likely to avoid disabled list," 26 May 2018 Most specimens undergo what is known as a five-panel test, during which they are screened for amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, PCP and opioids. Katie Zezima, Washington Post, "States move to ban fake urine, a new challenge for drug testing amid an abuse epidemic," 7 Apr. 2018

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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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amphetamine

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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

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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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