Definition of piracetam
: an amine C6H10N2O2 that has been used as a nootropic
Recent Examples of piracetam from the Web
A 1999 study found that piracetam had beneficial effects on the hippocampal membranes of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'piracetam'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of piracetam
International Scientific Vocabulary pir- (alteration of pyrrolidine, a pyrrole derivative) + acetamide
First Known Use: 1972See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of piracetam
: a derivative C6H10N2O2 of pyrrolidine that has been used as a nootropic
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up piracetam? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).