phen·​ac·​e·​tin | \ fi-ˈna-sə-tən How to pronounce phenacetin (audio) \

Definition of phenacetin

: a white crystalline compound C10H13NO2 formerly used to ease pain or fever but withdrawn because of its serious side effects

called also acetophenetidin

Examples of phenacetin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common active ingredient in cold pills at this time was phenacetin, banned in 1983 as a carcinogen and for damaging kidneys. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1918, a deadly outbreak of influenza reached Anchorage. Here’s how Alaskans responded," 19 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of phenacetin

circa 1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Phenacetin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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phen·​ac·​e·​tin | \ fi-ˈnas-ət-ən How to pronounce phenacetin (audio) \

Medical Definition of phenacetin

: a compound C10H13NO2 formerly used to ease pain or fever but now withdrawn from use because of its link to high blood pressure, heart attacks, cancer, and kidney disease

called also acetophenetidin

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