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amphetamine

[ am-fet-uh-meen, -min ]

noun

, Pharmacology.
  1. a racemic drug, C 9 H 13 N, that stimulates the central nervous system: used chiefly to lift the mood in depressive states and to control the appetite in cases of obesity.


amphetamine

/ æmˈfɛtəˌmiːn; -mɪn /

noun

  1. a synthetic colourless volatile liquid used medicinally as the white crystalline sulphate, mainly for its stimulant action on the central nervous system, although it also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. It can have unpleasant or dangerous side effects and drug dependence can occur; 1-phenyl-2-aminopropane. Formula: C 6 H 5 CH 2 CH(NH 2 )CH 3


amphetamine

/ ăm-fĕtə-mēn′ /

  1. Any of a group of drugs that stimulate the central nervous system, resulting in elevated blood pressure, heart rate, and other metabolic functions. Amphetamines are used in the treatment of certain neurological conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. The drugs are highly addictive and are sometimes abused.


amphetamine

  1. A drug that stimulates the central nervous system and is used to treat certain conditions, such as attention deficit disorder , depression, and narcolepsy.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of amphetamine1

First recorded in 1935–40; a(lpha) + m(ethyl) + ph(enyl) + et(hyl) + amine
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Word History and Origins

Origin of amphetamine1

C20: from a ( lpha ) + m ( ethyl ) + ph ( enyl ) + et ( hyl ) + -amine
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Example Sentences

He also got hooked on amphetamines, thereby sleeping and eating little, while roaring high and fast on his motorcycle.

As a result, the country has emerged as ground zero for producing and exporting the dangerous narcotic Captagon, which gives a faster high than traditional amphetamine.

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He appeared to be going without sleep for long periods and, according to more than one witness, had developed a serious dependence on amphetamines.

Then the cicadas spring into action as cathinone, a behavior-altering amphetamine in the fungus, takes over their brains and encourages them to ignore the fact that half their bodies are missing.

Working up to 20 hours a day, taking amphetamines to stay awake and breaking up fights when necessary, he bought additional bars, introduced strip dancing, and by the early 1970s created a prototype Hustler brand of adult clubs in seven Ohio cities.

Chemically speaking, Molly is an amphetamine with a twist of phenethylamine (a hallucinogen).

When I was around 14-ish, I was put on amphetamine therapy for ADHD.

The chemicals in 'bath salts' seem to be cousins of the amphetamine agents that debuted as crystal meth.

How come in the amphetamine rush of the 1980s nobody worried about the sanctity of baseball?

These steroids were mental—amphetamine-based ADHD drugs, particularly Adderall, as a way to sharpen focus and gain an edge.

An amphetamine injection creates a sudden increase in blood pressure that can result in stroke, very high fever, or heart failure.

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