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cathinone

noun cath·i·none \ ˈka-thə-ˌnōn \

medical Definition of cathinone

: 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 McDonaldThe Seattle Post-Intelligencer21 June 2007
; 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 SmithThe Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch8 July 2012
— see bath salts 2

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