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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Recent Examples on the Web For decades, Dutch chemists have tapped sources in China for BMK to manufacture amphetamine, and its cousin, piperonyl methyl ketone, or PMK, used to manufacture MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Mexican Cartels Are Now Cooking Chinese Chemicals in Dutch Meth Labs," 8 Dec. 2020 An autopsy revealed methadone and amphetamine in the body of Hiltner, who died of an overdose, according to the complaint. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Charge: Cold Spring woman supplied neighbor with drugs for months leading up to death," 14 Oct. 2020 Garrett Frank Harris, 44, had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system at the time of the accident on Oct. 23, according to a urine test. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah man who was reportedly on meth charged with homicide in collision that killed teen.," 28 Oct. 2020 Toxicological testing of Rivera's body found caffeine, a therapeutic level of phentermine and low levels of amphetamine and diazepam in Rivera's system. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Naya Rivera investigative report: 'Glee' star suffered from vertigo which 'would get worse' in water," 12 Sep. 2020 Toxicology tests showed methamphetamine and amphetamine in Martin’s blood. oregonlive, "40 dead in shootings by Portland police: Here’s what happened," 15 Aug. 2020 Blood test results from the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension revealed amphetamine and methamphetamine in Anderson’s system. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Jury convicts driver with suspended license of killing girlfriend in western Minnesota crash," 12 Aug. 2020 According to court documents, Ye and his associates were part of a criminal drug racket, operating from May 2015 to January 2016, that manufactured and intended to distribute a substantial amount of amphetamine. Helen Regan, CNN, "Canadian citizen is second in two days to be sentenced to death in China on drug charges," 7 Aug. 2020 Besides, comparisons to ‘roiders and trash can bangers aside, Cooperstown already has the immortal company of racists, color-line upholders, cocaine and amphetamine users and domestic abusers. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Pete Rose should be reinstated, especially after the way MLB’s dealt with the cheating Astros," 18 Feb. 2020

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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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“Amphetamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphetamine. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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amphetamine

noun

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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