phenylethylamine

noun

phen·​yl·​eth·​yl·​amine ˌfe-nᵊl-ˌe-thəl-ˈa-ˌmēn How to pronounce phenylethylamine (audio)
ˌfē-
variants or phenethylamine
: a neurotransmitter C8H11N that is an amine resembling amphetamine in structure and pharmacological properties
also : any of its derivatives

Examples of phenylethylamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web N-Phenethyl Dimethylamine Citrate is a close relative of the stimulant phenylethylamine. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 Chocolate contains a compound called phenylethylamine, which is thought to increase the production of endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2023 Some common prescription medications, like antidepressants, share a similar structural backbone with methamphetamine, called phenylethylamine, which can cause a false positive amphetamine and methamphetamine screen. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2022 Tryptophan and phenylethylamine are the compounds responsible for its arousing qualities. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2022 Kin is, yes, used as an alcohol-free alternative, but also as a general wellness drink: Many of its key ingredients, such phenylethylamine and rhodiola rosea root extract, improve cognitive function and increase energy levels. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 1 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phenylethylamine was in 1875

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“Phenylethylamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phenylethylamine. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

phenylethylamine

noun
phe·​nyl·​eth·​yl·​amine ˌfen-ᵊl-ˌeth-əl-ˈam-ˌēn, ˌfēn- How to pronounce phenylethylamine (audio)
variants or phenethylamine
: a neurotransmitter C8H11N that is an amine resembling amphetamine in structure and pharmacological properties
also : any of various derivatives of phenylethylamine
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