phencyclidine

noun

phen·​cy·​cli·​dine (ˌ)fen-ˈsi-klə-ˌdēn How to pronounce phencyclidine (audio)
-ˈsī-,
-dən
: 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 was the more practical stepchild of a more potent and longer acting drug that was developed in the 1950s, called phencyclidine or angel dust. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 23 May 2024 On the Saturday morning of Jan. 21, 1989, Clements went to Gatlin’s apartment after spending the past evening using crack and phencyclidine (PCP), among other drugs, according to court filings. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2023 While no other contributing cause of death is listed in the coroner’s report, Coolio had the following conditions at the time of his death: cardiomyopathy, asthma and recent phencyclidine use. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2023 The report lists excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or PCP, as contributing factors. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 24 Feb. 2021 The history of ketamine Ketamine was first synthesized in 1962 by American scientist Calvin Stevens, who was searching for an anesthetic alternative to phencyclidine, also called PCP or angel dust. Laura Newberrystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2023 Police arrested Price around 4:30 p.m. Friday on Newhall Street and booked him on two counts of child endangerment, involuntary manslaughter and manufacturing phencyclidine, known as PCP, according to jail records. Jordan Parker, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Feb. 2023 Also, his urine drug screen — which tested for marijuana, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), opioids, benzodiazepines and amphetamines — came back clean. Damon Tweedy, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2019 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

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Word History

Etymology

phen- + cycl- + -idine

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phencyclidine was in 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Phencyclidine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phencyclidine. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

phencyclidine

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