designer drug

noun

Definition of designer drug

1 :a synthetic version of a controlled substance (such as heroin) that is produced with a slightly altered molecular structure to avoid having it classified as an illicit drug
2 :a synthetic, therapeutic agent designed to have a highly selective mode of action so that effectiveness is maximized and side effects are minimized compared with existing therapies

Examples of designer drug in a Sentence

  1. Ecstasy is a designer drug.

First Known Use of designer drug

1983


DESIGNER DRUG Defined for English Language Learners

designer drug

noun

Definition of designer drug for English Language Learners

  • : a drug that is created to be only slightly different from an illegal drug so that it will not be considered illegal

  • : an artificially made drug that is used for pleasure


Medical Dictionary

designer drug

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noun de·sign·er drug \ di-ˌzī-nər- \

medical Definition of designer drug

1 :a synthetic version of a controlled substance (such as heroin) that is produced with a slightly altered molecular structure to avoid classification as an illicit drug
  • Los Angeles County health officials warned Tuesday against the use of bath salts—the designer drug involved in a series of bizarre incidents and arrests …
  • —Wesley LoweryThe Los Angeles Times17 Oct. 2012
  • … the firm is involved in the illegal production and sale of MDMA, a designer drug commonly known as “ecstasy.”
  • Time6 Mar. 1989
2 :a synthetic, therapeutic agent designed to have a highly selective mode of action so that effectiveness is maximized and side effects are minimized compared with existing therapies
  • In contrast to past trial-and-error discovery, we are starting to see designer drugs that target known sites on molecules implicated in disease.
  • —Nathaniel C. ComfortThe New York Times Book Review9 Sept. 2001
  • Results of another dramatic prevention study zeroed in on raloxifene, a chemical cousin of tamoxifen, and one of the first so-called estrogen designer drugs.
  • —Patricia GuthrieThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution24 May 1998

Law Dictionary

designer drug

noun de·sign·er drug

legal Definition of designer drug

:a synthetic version of a controlled substance (as heroin) that is produced with a slightly altered molecular structure to avoid having it classified as an illegal drug

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