ketamine

noun
ke·​ta·​mine | \ˈkē-tə-ˌmēn, ˈke-\

Definition of ketamine 

: a general anesthetic that is administered intravenously and intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride C13H16ClNO·HCl and that is used illicitly usually by being inhaled in powdered form especially for the dreamlike or hallucinogenic state it produces

Note: Ketamine is also called Special K when used as a recreational drug

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That’s just the beginning: The company is working on a prototype that also tests for ketamine. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Now, There's a Date-Rape Drug Test that Screens Your Drink in Under a Minute," 8 Sep. 2018 Studies are being conducted on ketamine’s efficacy on anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even obsessive-compulsive disorder. Alice Levitt, Vox, "I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief.," 24 July 2018 McKinney’s statement said the drugs allegedly used included cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy and mushrooms. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "Nine midshipmen facing disciplinary action as Naval Academy investigates drug use," 12 Mar. 2018 Instead she was drugged with the tranquilizer ketamine, handcuffed and zipped into a bag before being driven in the trunk of a car to a farmhouse outside Turin, more than 100 miles away. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Model Was Lured to Italy, Drugged and Then Held for Ransom for Days by 'Psychopath'," 12 June 2018 He was treated for an overdose of ketamine, a powerful medication used for anesthesia, according to the ruling. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "Federal judge tosses case of man on ketamine who sued Bellingham police after wild melee at station," 29 June 2018 As the man drifted into unconsciousness, one EMT asked how much ketamine had been injected. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Minneapolis Cops Secretly Used 'Date Rape Drug' on Suspects for Years: Report," 18 June 2018 Image Minneapolis police officers asked emergency medical workers dozens of times over three years to inject suspects and others with the powerful anesthetic ketamine, including some who were already restrained, The Star Tribune reported on Friday. Christopher Mele, New York Times, "Ketamine Used to Subdue Dozens at Request of Minneapolis Police, Report Says," 16 June 2018 When infused at low doses into patients with life-threatening depression, ketamine has been shown to be a powerful and fast-acting antidepressant. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Psychedelic drugs change brain cells in ways that could help fight depression, addiction and more," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of ketamine

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ketamine

ket- + amine

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ketamine

noun
ke·​ta·​mine | \ˈkēt-ə-ˌmēn \

Medical Definition of ketamine 

: a general anesthetic that is administered intravenously or intramuscularly in the form of its hydrochloride C13H16ClNO·HCl and that is used illicitly usually by being inhaled in powdered form especially for the dreamlike or hallucinogenic state it produces — see special k

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