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 Slimane chooses models that mimic the beanpole physique from back in the day when serving sizes were smaller, working out was not part of a wellness routine and amphetamines were popped like gumdrops. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Fashion sees a bleak future, but there’s still a little sparkle in the darkness," 1 Mar. 2020 The studio put her on a daily diet of chicken soup, black coffee, 80 cigarettes, diet pills, and amphetamines. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "What Made Judy Garland’s Life So Tragic," 29 Jan. 2020 However, amphetamines can also be prescribed for narcolepsy, and methamphetamine can be used to treat ADHD and obesity. Giulia Mcdonnell Nieto Del Rio, CNN, "Indiana mother arrested after her 2-month-old baby dies of meth intoxication, possibly through breast milk, court documents say," 21 Jan. 2020 Maybe players didn’t want to pop amphetamines, cork their bats, scuff up the baseballs or take steroids, but these were trends, producing great results. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Astros’ rivals may be complaining, but history should remain unchanged," 17 Jan. 2020 Consumption declined sharply in 1941 and 1942, when the medical establishment formally acknowledged that amphetamines were addictive. Peter Andreas, Time, "How Methamphetamine Became a Key Part of Nazi Military Strategy," 7 Jan. 2020 In the following years, the main substances abused were alcohol, cocaine, barbiturates, and amphetamines—Quaaludes, Miltown, Dexamyl, Dexedrine. Colton Wooten, The New Yorker, "My Years in the Florida Shuffle of Drug Addiction," 14 Oct. 2019 Vince Fernandez, their top power hitter early on, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines, returning Aug. 4. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Home stretch: Warren Schaeffer’s Yard Goats still grinding as season winds down at Dunkin’ Donuts Park," 23 Aug. 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphetamine. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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