phencyclidine

noun
phen·​cy·​cli·​dine | \ (ˌ)fen-ˈsi-klə-ˌdēn How to pronounce phencyclidine (audio) , -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

Examples of phencyclidine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ketamine, meanwhile, was first used in clinical practice in the 1960s as a safer alternative to the anesthetic phencyclidine (PCP), which has been discontinued in the U.S. due to the high incidence of postoperative delirium with hallucinations. Raleigh Mcelvery, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 In both tests, levels of cocaine and phencyclidine, or PCP, in Robinson's system were above the levels at which state law says a driver is presumed to be intoxicated. Ken Ritter, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 In both tests, levels of cocaine and phencyclidine, or PCP, in Robinson’s system were above the levels at which state law says a driver is presumed to be intoxicated. NBC News, 23 Mar. 2022 Believing the woman might be under the influence of phencyclidine, better known as PCP, EMS was called to the scene. cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 The indictments allege that the defendants — all members or associates of the street gang, or alleged drug dealers who operated in gang territory — sold methamphetamine, crack cocaine, cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP). Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2020 Excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or PCP, were contributing factors, the report said. chicagotribune.com, 5 Sep. 2020 Toxicology tests determined that Kizzee had the marijuana compound THC and phencyclidine, sometimes known as PCP, in his blood while some traces of other drugs were found in his urine. Robert Jablon, Star Tribune, 2 Oct. 2020 The report lists excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or PCP, as contributing factors. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 23 Sep. 2020 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phencyclidine. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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phencyclidine

noun
phen·​cy·​cli·​dine | \ (ˈ)fen-ˈsik-lə-ˌdēn How to pronounce phencyclidine (audio) , -ˈsī-klə- How to pronounce phencyclidine (audio) , -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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