- a racemic drug, C9H13N, that stimulates the central nervous system: used chiefly to lift the mood in depressive states and to control the appetite in cases of obesity.
Origin of amphetamine
Examples from the Web for amphetamine
Contemporary Examples of amphetamine
Chemically speaking, Molly is an amphetamine with a twist of phenethylamine (a hallucinogen).Molly: The Dangerous Drug That’s Too Good to Quit
September 8, 2013
When I was around 14-ish, I was put on amphetamine therapy for ADHD.'My Drug Story,' Entry 1
January 9, 2013
The chemicals in 'bath salts' seem to be cousins of the amphetamine agents that debuted as crystal meth.What 'Bath Salts' Will—and Won’t—Make You Do
June 1, 2012
How come in the amphetamine rush of the 1980s nobody worried about the sanctity of baseball?Clemens Prosecutors Strike Out
July 15, 2011
Historical Examples of amphetamine
An amphetamine injection creates a sudden increase in blood pressure that can result in stroke, very high fever, or heart failure.What Works: Schools Without Drugs
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- 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
Word Origin for amphetamine
Word Origin and History for amphetamine
1938, contracted from alphamethyl-phenethylamine.
- A colorless, volatile liquid used as a central nervous system stimulant in the treatment of certain neurological conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, and abused as a stimulant.
- A chemical derivative of amphetamine, such as dextroamphetamine sulfate.
- 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.