fentanyl

noun

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

Examples of fentanyl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opinion: Many Americans believe migrants bring fentanyl across the border. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The raid came months after the U.S. State Department warned travelers about counterfeit pills sold at pharmacies in Mexico that often contain fentanyl. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 Among supporters who joined Mahan on Thursday was Marlene Harden, who lost her 18-year-old daughter, Chloe, to fentanyl. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2024 The biggest danger is getting a drug laced with fentanyl, which can be deadly no mater where it’s purchased. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Hill said that even if marijuana or other drugs were being laced with fentanyl, authorities aren’t going to test them for fentanyl. Alex Brizee, Idaho Statesman, 4 Feb. 2024 As a result, police alleged Paluzzi obtained fentanyl Tuesday night and tried to poison the dog with the narcotic Wednesday afternoon. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 Nearly 70,000 people in the US died of drug overdoses that involved fentanyl in 2021, almost a four-fold increase over five years, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released last spring. Amy Simonson and Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 After asserting repeatedly that Mexico had nothing to do with fentanyl, López Obrador has recently taken a few modest steps to renew anti-drug cooperation. Tim Golden, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fentanyl was in 1964

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“Fentanyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fentanyl. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

fentanyl

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