methylphenidate

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noun meth·yl·phe·ni·date \ˌme-thəl-ˈfe-nə-ˌdāt, -ˈfē-\

Definition of methylphenidate

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of methylphenidate

methyl + phenyl + piperidine + acetate


First Known Use: 1956


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methylphenidate

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noun meth·yl·phe·ni·date \ˌmeth-əl-ˈfen-ə-ˌdāt, -ˈfē-nə-\

Medical Definition of methylphenidate

  1. :  a mild stimulant of the central nervous system that is administered orally in the form of its hydrochloride C14H19NO2·HCl to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder Trademarks for methylphenidate include Concerta, Quillivant, and Ritalin.


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