pir·​ac·​e·​tam | \ ˌpī(-ə)r-ˈa-sə-ˌtam How to pronounce piracetam (audio) \

Definition of piracetam

: an amine C6H10N2O2 that has been used as a nootropic

Examples of piracetam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The agency has specifically called out supplement makers for selling piracetam. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Researchers find dangerous, FDA-rejected drug in supplements—by reading labels," 26 Nov. 2019 The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t allow piracetam to be sold as a dietary supplement and has issued warning letters in the past to other companies marketing supplements that contain it. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Some brain-boosting supplements contain an unapproved drug that could harm users, study warns," 25 Nov. 2019 The idea that piracetam might reverse that effect was exciting. Sara Solovitch, Washington Post, "Tweaking brains with ‘smart drugs’ to get ahead in Silicon Valley," 11 June 2017 Modafinil, used in the treatment of narcolepsy, and piracetam, for dementia, are two of the most popular. Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, "Maria Sharapova and the Pharmaceutical Quest for an Edge," 11 Mar. 2016 A 1999 study found that piracetam had beneficial effects on the hippocampal membranes of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Sara Solovitch, Washington Post, "Tweaking brains with ‘smart drugs’ to get ahead in Silicon Valley," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of piracetam

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piracetam

International Scientific Vocabulary pir- (alteration of pyrrolidine, a pyrrole derivative) + acetamide

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The first known use of piracetam was in 1972

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1 Dec 2019

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“Piracetam.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piracetam. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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pir·​ac·​e·​tam | \ ˌpī(ə)r-ˈas-ə-ˌtam How to pronounce piracetam (audio) \

Medical Definition of piracetam

: a derivative C6H10N2O2 of pyrrolidine that has been used as a nootropic

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