Definition of methylphenidate
: a mild stimulant C14H19NO2 of the central nervous system used in the form of its hydrochloride to treat narcolepsy and hyperactivity disorders (such as attention deficit disorder) in children
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There are no enthusiastic sales representatives encouraging doctors to use generic alendronate sodium (Fosamax) or methylphenidate (Ritalin).
Nature released the results of an online survey in which 20 percent of respondents, largely drawn from the scientific community, admitted to using brain-enhancing drugs like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Provigil (modafinil).
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Origin and Etymology of methylphenidate
methyl + phenyl + piperidine + acetate
First Known Use: 1956See Words from the same year
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