ephedrine

noun
ephed·​rine | \i-ˈfe-drən, 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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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 In this undated recent photo provided by the Australian Federal Police, a record haul of 3.9 tonnes of liquid ephedrine sits stored in a warehouse which smugglers shipped to Sydney from Thailand in bottles of iced tea. Washington Post, "Australian police seize record haul of meth ingredient," 6 Oct. 2017 Still considered one of the finest footballers of all time, the Argentine tested positive for ephedrine doping and was sent home from the United States, with his beloved Argentina crashing out soon after. 5. SI.com, "6 Scandals That Rocked the Football World," 5 Oct. 2017 When the MCSO launched its meth initiative in 2008 sales of ephedrine, a key ingredient for meth, were around 17,000 per month. Prescotte Stokes Iii, AL.com, "4 suspects sentenced for running a meth distribution ring in Mobile County," 15 Aug. 2017 Avoid drinks containing stimulants such as ephedrine or high doses of caffeine. John Maffei, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Safety review marks beginning of football practice," 4 Aug. 2017 Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant that can be made from ephedrine and other readily available chemicals. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Rodrigo Duterte, Scorned Abroad, Remains Popular in the Philippines OCT. 13, 2016," 13 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of ephedrine

1889, in the meaning defined above

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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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