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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a white, crystalline powder, phenyl-tertiary-butylamine hydrochloride, soluble in water and alcohol, that stimulates the central nervous system and elevates the systolic blood pressure: used chiefly in the treatment of obesity.

Origin of phentermine

phen(yl)-ter(tiary-butyla)mine (hydrochloride)
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phentermine in Medicine


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  1. An oily liquid whose crystalline hydrochloride form was formerly used in the treatment of obesity.
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