fentanyl

noun
fen·​ta·​nyl | \ ˈfen-tə-ˌnil How to pronounce fentanyl (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web In one call, the price of a kilo of fentanyl was discussed as being $45,000. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 8 Oct. 2021 So far, overdose rates in every Bay Area county except Napa has been affected by the influx of fentanyl, according to a recent Chronicle analysis of state public health data. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Oct. 2021 That increase, the 2020 data show, was driven largely by a proliferation of fentanyl. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Two out of every five fake pills analyzed in DEA labs are found to contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Sep. 2021 The explosion of fentanyl has amped up that risk exponentially. Jonathan Reiss, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2021 Two milligrams of fentanyl is enough to kill someone, and even just touching the substance can be lethal as it can be absorbed by skin, according to the DEA. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 Many in the entertainment industry including 2 Chainz and Tiffany Haddish have attempted to warn the public about the potentially lethal effects of fentanyl. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 24 Sep. 2021 Ellianna is one of the youngest victims of fentanyl in Tarrant County, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of fentanyl was in 1964

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15 Oct 2021

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“Fentanyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fentanyl. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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fentanyl

noun
fen·​ta·​nyl | \ ˈfent-ᵊn-ˌil How to pronounce fentanyl (audio) \

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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