phencyclidine

noun
phen·​cy·​cli·​dine | \(ˌ)fen-ˈsi-klə-ˌdēn, -ˈsī-, -dən\

Definition of phencyclidine 

: a piperidine derivative C17H25N used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride especially as a veterinary anesthetic and sometimes illicitly as a psychedelic drug

called also angel dust, PCP

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Roy’s attorney, Jonathan Zucker, said his client was high on PCP, or phencyclidine, a mind-altering drug that can distort reality and lead to violent behavior. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Her husband was on a walk when a stranger shot him. Now she’s trying to help her family move on.," 17 Mar. 2018 The drugs for which tests are required are marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP) and opiates. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Spirit Airlines pilot and wife overdosed, report confirms," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of phencyclidine

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phencyclidine

phen- + cycl- + -idine

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phencyclidine

noun
phen·​cy·​cli·​dine | \(ˈ)fen-ˈsik-lə-ˌdēn, -ˈsī-klə-, -dən\

Medical Definition of phencyclidine 

: a piperidine derivative used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride C17H25N·HCl especially as a veterinary anesthetic and sometimes illicitly as a psychedelic drug to induce vivid mental imagery

called also angel dust, PCP

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