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: a white crystalline compound C10H13NO2 formerly used to ease pain or fever but withdrawn because of its serious side effects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

Dictionary Entries Near phenacetin




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for phenacetin

Cite this Entry

“Phenacetin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for phenacetin


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: a compound C10H13NO2 formerly used to ease pain or fever but now withdrawn from use because of its link to high blood pressure, heart attacks, cancer, and kidney disease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


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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