crystal meth

noun

variants or less commonly crystal methamphetamine
: methamphetamine in the form of crystals of its hydrochloride salt C10H15N·HCl when used illicitly for smoking, snorting, or injecting
Crystal meth is so addictive that users often need to make several attempts to break their habit.Jeremy Quittner

called also crank, crystal, ice

Examples of crystal meth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other drugs like cocaine or crystal meth are more likely to cause violent psychotic behavior, George said. Katie Camero, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 In June 2022, border agents found around 27 pounds of crystal meth in three child booster car seats after stopping a family of six at a checkpoint in Murrieta. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Lewis, formerly a user of cocaine and crystal meth, said his decision to get sober was partly inspired by John Candy’s 1994 death. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 28 Feb. 2024 Pastor Herb Miller, 63, was found with crystal meth during a traffic stop, police say. Li Cohen, CBS News, 13 Feb. 2024 Dealers—most selling crystal meth, or shabu, the drug of choice of the Filipino poor—as well as addicts, former addicts, and small-time criminals became targets. Joshua Hammer, The Atlantic, 29 Nov. 2023 Biker gangs such as the Hells Angels were big producers of crystal meth smuggled into the United States. David Ovalle and Nick Miroff The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 25 Dec. 2023 In recent decades, as the region’s opium production dropped, methamphetamine in the form of tablets and crystal meth has supplanted it. Grant Peck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Dec. 2023 Struggling with addiction to crystal meth, Palominos said she’s been clean for five days. Queenie Wong, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

meth short for methamphetamine

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crystal meth was in 1969

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“Crystal meth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crystal%20meth. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

crystal meth

noun
variants or crystal methamphetamine
: methamphetamine in the form of crystals of its hydrochloride salt C10H15N·HCl when used illicitly for smoking, snorting, or injecting

called also crank, crystal, ice

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