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 Those recommendations for body scanners were made after four fentanyl overdoses occurred in the jail resulting in one inmate’s death in March 2015, according to the suit. oregonlive, "$10 million civil rights suit filed against Multnomah County stemming from 2019 death of inmate who died from drug overdose in custody," 30 Sep. 2020 The crew sold fentanyl around the 1800 block of W. Lombard St., just west of Union Square Park. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police announce takedown of West Lombard Street fentanyl crew; seize drugs, weapons and cash," 29 Sep. 2020 Used as a guide for distributing limited resources, like naloxone and fentanyl testing strips, the initiative seems to be working, according to the first annual report released Wednesday by the Department of Public Health. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "First report on Connecticut’s real-time, opioid overdose tracking system reveals higher number of cases in Hartford County," 24 Sep. 2020 In one label in one of the shows there is a tear or two shed for fentanyl junkie, pusher, and violent ex-con George Floyd, but that’s it. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Mass MoCA, the World’s Biggest Contemporary Art Museum, Looks Fantastic," 23 Sep. 2020 The American Medical Association reports that 40 states have seen an increase in opioid overdose deaths, particularly those involving fentanyl, since March. Mara Santilli, refinery29.com, "Will COVID-19 Change The Way We Treat Opioid Use Disorders?," 23 Sep. 2020 On May 22, Whisenant ordered 10 oxycodone pills containing fentanyl from Solis on behalf of the Marine, who died the next day from an overdose, according to the indictment. Julie Watson, Star Tribune, "2 Marines accused in drug overdose case of fellow Marine," 22 Sep. 2020 In addition to the conspiracy charge, McCormick, Solis, Whisenant and Perez face substantive charges of distribution of narcotics, including fentanyl. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two active-duty Marines from Camp Pendleton arrested on federal drug charges," 22 Sep. 2020 Nelson wrote that Lane and Kueng — the officers who responded to a forgery call — initiated contact with Floyd before Chauvin and Thao arrived, and that Chauvin believed Floyd was overdosing on fentanyl. CBS News, "Prosecutors in George Floyd case say ex-cop charged in his death had used excessive force before," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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14 Oct 2020

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“Fentanyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fentanyl. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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