propoxyphene

noun
pro·​poxy·​phene | \ prō-ˈpäk-sə-ˌfēn How to pronounce propoxyphene (audio) \

Definition of propoxyphene

: a narcotic analgesic C22H29NO2 structurally related to methadone but less addicting that is administered especially in the form of its salts (such as the hydrochloride) and has been largely withdrawn from use because of its link to serious heart disorders

First Known Use of propoxyphene

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propoxyphene

prop- + oxy + -phene (alteration of phenyl)

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“Propoxyphene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propoxyphene. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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propoxyphene

noun
pro·​poxy·​phene | \ prō-ˈpäk-sə-ˌfēn How to pronounce propoxyphene (audio) \

Medical Definition of propoxyphene

: a narcotic analgesic structurally related to methadone but less addicting that is administered in the form of its hydrochloride C22H29NO2·HCl or hydrated napsylate C22H29NO2·C10H8SO3·H2O and has been largely withdrawn from use because of its link to serious heart disorders

called also dextropropoxyphene

— see darvocet-n, darvon

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