fentanyl

noun
fen·​ta·​nyl | \ˈfen-tə-ˌnil \

Definition of fentanyl 

: a synthetic opioid narcotic analgesic C22H28N2O with pharmacological action similar to morphine that is administered transdermally as a skin patch and in the form of its citrate C22H28N2O·C6H8O7 is administered orally or parenterally (as by intravenous or epidural injection)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last year that fentanyl can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and it is often mixed with heroin or cocaine. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Couple behind “prolific” dark net fentanyl sales busted by DOJ," 22 Aug. 2018 Hawk said the people who tested positive may have taken other drugs laced with fentanyl in addition to the synthetic marijuana, which is plant material sprayed with drugs and chemicals. Fox News, "Overdose total hits 76 in Connecticut park near Yale," 16 Aug. 2018 More: Deputy overcome by fentanyl in box found in the car of Milwaukee, West Allis man during traffic stop Charges against the female driver are pending until the substance is identified, according to Lt. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man charged after Greendale officers treated for exposure to harmful substances," 30 May 2018 The Nebraska State Patrol seized 118 pounds of fentanyl in April, making it the largest seizure of the opiate drug in the state's history. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Near a Nebraska town, cops seize enough opioids to kill over 26 million," 26 May 2018 Deaths specifically from fentanyl in San Diego County are spiking, with more than 40 fatal overdoses last year alone, authorities said. City News Service, Pomerado News, "Drug dealer pleads guilty to fentanyl-related Poway death," 7 May 2018 Staying alive: How to fight an opioid addiction Cheap, easy test to spot fentanyl in opioids could stem fatal overdoses. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Doctor busted prescribing opioids to undercover agents | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Apr. 2018 Autopsy results were still pending Wednesday, but police said Sendejas had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, and fentanyl was in her system. Gabrielle Olivera, azcentral, "Police: Man sexually assaulted woman, left body in Scottsdale alley," 18 Apr. 2018 Seda had 20 bags of fentanyl in his pocket when he was arrested Friday, Pace said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Police: Fentanyl Dealer Arrested In Manchester," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fentanyl

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fentanyl

probably alteration of phenethyl, a monovalent radical derived from ethylbenzine, from phen- + ethyl

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fentanyl

noun
fen·​ta·​nyl | \ˈfent-ᵊn-ˌil \

Medical Definition of fentanyl 

: a synthetic opioid narcotic analgesic C22H28N2O with pharmacological action similar to morphine that is administered transdermally as a skin patch and in the form of its citrate C22H28N2O·C6H8O7 is administered orally or parenterally

Note: Fentanyl is marketed under the trademark Actiq.

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