phentermine

noun

phen·​ter·​mine ˈfen-tər-ˌmēn How to pronounce phentermine (audio)
: an anorectic drug C10H15N used in the form of its hydrochloride to treat obesity

Examples of phentermine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Qsymia combines both phentermine and topiramate in a single pill and at lower doses than either drug used alone. David Snyder, Verywell Health, 30 Mar. 2024 This category includes drugs like Contrave, liraglutide (Saxenda), phentermine (Qsymia), orlistat (Xenical) and more. Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 In fact, phentermine is not a new drug for this purpose, as it was approved in 1959 by the FDA for the short-term treatment of obesity. David Snyder, Verywell Health, 30 Mar. 2024 Some of these patients may do just fine on phentermine or topiramate. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2024 Nature has published a very handy review of the safety profile of weight loss medicines — ranging from the newer GLP-1 medicines to older approaches like phentermine. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 12 Feb. 2024 They were compared to people who either took phentermine alone or did not use a weight loss medicine. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2023 Fen-phen was a combination of fenfluramine and phentermine, which was approved for use in 1986. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2023 Another weight loss pill is Qsymia, which is a combination of two different oral medications — phentermine and topiramate. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2023

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Word History

Etymology

probably from phenyl + tert- (from tertiary) + amine

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phentermine was in 1961

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“Phentermine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phentermine. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

phentermine

noun
phen·​ter·​mine ˈfen-tər-ˌmēn How to pronounce phentermine (audio)
: an anorectic drug administered in the form of its hydrochloride C10H15N·HCl to treat obesity
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