ephedrine

noun
ephed·​rine | \ i-ˈfe-drən How to pronounce ephedrine (audio) , British also ˈe-fə-drən \

Definition of ephedrine

: a crystalline alkaloid C10H15NO extracted from a Chinese ephedra (Ephedra sinica) or synthesized that has the physiological action of epinephrine and is usually used in the form of its hydrochloride or sulfate as a bronchodilator, nasal decongestant, and vasopressor — see ma huang, pseudoephedrine

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Recent Examples on the Web But seizures of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenyl-2-propanone (P2P) -- the most common chemicals used to make meth -- basically dried up. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Asia's multibillion dollar methamphetamine cartels are using creative chemistry to outfox police, experts say," 3 May 2021 Maradona’s final World Cup appearance was in 1994 in the United States, but he was removed following two matches after testing positive for ephedrine, a stimulant, and later received a 15-month ban. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, "The life of soccer great Diego Maradona was fit for the tabloids. So is his death," 3 Dec. 2020 Once again named Argentina’s captain for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, the 33-year-old Mr. Maradona was sent home in disgrace after the second match upon testing positive for ephedrine. Liz Clarke, Washington Post, "Diego Maradona, inscrutable soccer star and Argentine legend, dies at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 He was ejected from the 1994 World Cup after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug ephedrine. Liz Clarke, Washington Post, "Diego Maradona, inscrutable soccer star and Argentine legend, dies at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 Predictably, Argentina unraveled after Maradona was expelled from the tournament because of another positive drug test, this one for ephedrine. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: Diego Maradona lived the way he played, with reckless joy," 25 Nov. 2020 The Argentinian was also sent home early from the 1994 World Cup as a result of testing positive for the drug ephedrine. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Soccer icon Diego Maradona dies at age 60," 25 Nov. 2020 Predictably, a drugs test was in order and the veteran superstar got an F, testing positive for the performance-enhancer ephedrine. SI.com, "8 of the Most Controversial Celebrations in Football History," 12 Sep. 2019 In response, Congress passed the Combat Methampetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 to regulate and limit the sale of cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, traditionally used to make meth. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Meth, deadlier than ever, could be the 'next phase of drug epidemic'," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of ephedrine

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ephedrine

New Latin Ephedra

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“Ephedrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephedrine. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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ephedrine

noun
ephed·​rine | \ i-ˈfed-rən, British also ˈef-ə-drən \

Medical Definition of ephedrine

: a crystalline alkaloid C10H15NO extracted from a Chinese ephedra (Ephedra sinica) or synthesized that has the physiological action of epinephrine and is usually used in the form of its hydrochloride C10H15NO·HCl or sulfate (C10H15NO)2·H2SO4 as a bronchodilator, nasal decongestant, and vasopressor — see ephedra sense 2, pseudoephedrine

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