cathinone

noun

cath·​i·​none ˈka-thə-ˌnōn How to pronounce cathinone (audio)
: an alkaloid C9H11NO found in the leaves of khat that is a stimulant of the central nervous system with pharmacological properties similar to those of amphetamine
Khat technically isn't illegal in the U.S.—but the cathinone it contains is.Colin McDonald, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
also : any of various derivatives of this alkaloid
"Bath salts" is the street name for a combination of synthetic cathinones, manmade versions of a stimulant found in the khat plant that has been around for ages … Tammie Smith, The Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch
see bath salts sense 2

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“Cathinone.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/cathinone. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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