hal·​lu·​ci·​no·​gen | \ hə-ˈlü-sə-nə-jən How to pronounce hallucinogen (audio) \

Definition of hallucinogen

: a substance that induces hallucinations

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Other Words from hallucinogen

hallucinogenic \ hə-​ˌlü-​sə-​nə-​ˈje-​nik How to pronounce hallucinogenic (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of hallucinogen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some Indigenous communities regard the brew, which contains the hallucinogen DMT, as a powerful medicine that keeps them spiritually resilient and in harmony with the natural world. Ernesto Londoño And Adam Ferguson New York Times, Star Tribune, "Psychedelics draw veterans to jungle in search of healing," 10 Sep. 2020 Prude also had the hallucinogen phencyclidine, or PCP, in his system. Gary Craig, USA TODAY, "Will police be charged in Daniel Prude's death? This evidence may be the deciding factor," 7 Sep. 2020 In medical settings, ketamine is routinely used for its rapid and anesthetic effects, but it is also used illicitly as a hallucinogen. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Elijah McClain was injected with ketamine before he died. Is that legal?," 26 June 2020 Not long ago, residents of affluent Western countries began traveling to the jungles of South America to have profound psychedelic experiences with the hallucinogen ayahuasca. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Down the Rabbit Hole: A Psychedelic Reading List," 29 Apr. 2011 They were grouped in a sheet of tin foil that local officers did not want to fully open and risk contact exposure to the possible hallucinogens. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Car with flat tire yields LSD, weed, edible THC, drug instruments: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 15 May 2020 Scientific studies on the use of psilocybin show people who take hallucinogens also experience this wider consciousness, which indicates that the sense of self is made by regions of the brain that can be activated or deactivated. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The lessons of cherry blossoms are most relevant during the coronavirus pandemic," 19 Mar. 2020 Not all hallucinogens have the same effects on the brain. Meghana Keshavan, Scientific American, "The Psychedelics Evangelist: A German Financier Wants to Turn Magic Mushrooms into Modern Medicine," 9 July 2019 And then Teresa hails a man who pops a hallucinogen in her mouth. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Bacurau’ Review: Life and Death in a Small Brazilian Town," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hallucinogen

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hallucinogen

hallucination + -o- + -gen

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The first known use of hallucinogen was in 1954

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20 Sep 2020

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“Hallucinogen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hallucinogen. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hallucinogen

: a substance (such as a drug) that causes people to see or sense things that are not real : a substance that causes hallucinations


hal·​lu·​ci·​no·​gen | \ hə-ˈlü-sə-nə-jən How to pronounce hallucinogen (audio) \

Kids Definition of hallucinogen

: a drug that causes hallucinations

Other Words from hallucinogen

hallucinogenic \ hə-​ˌlü-​sə-​nə-​ˈje-​nik \ adjective


hal·​lu·​ci·​no·​gen | \ hə-ˈlüs-ᵊn-ə-jən How to pronounce hallucinogen (audio) \

Medical Definition of hallucinogen

: a substance and especially a drug that induces hallucinations

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