phen·​yl·​pro·​pa·​nol·​amine | \ ˌfe-nᵊl-ˌprō-pə-ˈnȯ-lə-ˌmēn How to pronounce phenylpropanolamine (audio) , ˌfē-, -ˈnō-; -nȯ-ˈla-ˌmēn \

Definition of phenylpropanolamine

: a sympathomimetic drug C9H13NO that has been used in the form of its hydrochloride especially as a nasal and bronchial decongestant and as an appetite suppressant but is now largely withdrawn from use because of its link to hemorrhagic stroke

Examples of phenylpropanolamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In response, Congress passed the Combat Methampetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 to regulate and limit the sale of cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, traditionally used to make meth. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Meth, deadlier than ever, could be the 'next phase of drug epidemic'," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of phenylpropanolamine

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phenylpropanolamine

phenyl + propane + -ol entry 1 + amine

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phen·​yl·​pro·​pa·​nol·​amine | \ ˌfen-ᵊl-ˌprō-pə-ˈnȯl-ə-ˌmēn, -ˈnōl-; -nȯ-ˈlam-ˌēn How to pronounce phenylpropanolamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of phenylpropanolamine

: a sympathomimetic agent that has been used in the form of its hydrochloride C9H13NO·HCl especially as a nasal decongestant and appetite suppressant but has been largely withdrawn from use because of its link to hemorrhagic stroke abbreviation PPA

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