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)
Recent Examples of fentanyl from the Web
Heroin and opiate prescription painkillers have long been driving Kentucky overdose deaths, but in 2016 fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, was the leading cause, the report said.
Today, most are there because of heroin, prescription painkillers or synthetics such as fentanyl, the drugs that driving down life expectancy across the country and setting records in Maryland for overdose hospitalizations and deaths.
Many of the deaths in recent years have been caused by heroin and illicit fentanyl - a powerful substance that has infiltrated the drug supply and caused a spike in overdoses.
The DEA has linked clandestine shipments of fentanyl from Mexico to the Sinaloa cartel.
A previous version of this headline did not specify Thursday’s drug bust was likely the largest fentanyl seizure in the county’s history, not the largest drug seizure.
The state, already struggling with overdoses from heroin and prescription opioids, has seen the spread of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which can be mixed with heroin or cocaine and is extraordinarily powerful.
Another opioid that helps account for the difference in death rates is fentanyl, which is more potent and more deadly.
Toxicology reports have confirmed 12 cases related to fentanyl.
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Origin and Etymology of fentanyl
probably alteration of phenethyl, a monovalent radical derived from ethylbenzine, from phen- + ethyl
First Known Use: 1964See Words from the same year
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 ◆Fentanyl is marketed under the trademark Actiq.
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