phenacetin

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: a white crystalline compound C10H13NO2 formerly used to ease pain or fever but withdrawn because of its serious side effects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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'phenacetin.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of phenacetin

circa 1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phenacetin

International Scientific Vocabulary

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about phenacetin

Time Traveler for phenacetin

Time Traveler

The first known use of phenacetin was circa 1887

See more words from the same year

Statistics for phenacetin

Cite this Entry

“Phenacetin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phenacetin. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for phenacetin

phenacetin

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: a compound C10H13NO2 formerly used to ease pain or fever but now withdrawn from use because of its link to high blood pressure, heart attacks, cancer, and kidney disease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

Comments on phenacetin

What made you want to look up phenacetin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!