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[ben-zi-dreen, -drin]
Pharmacology, Trademark.
  1. a brand of amphetamine.
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  • It made me think of my college days, when I had stayed up all night on benzedrine, writing term papers.

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    Stephen Bartholomew

British Dictionary definitions for benzedrine


  1. a trademark for amphetamine
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Word Origin and History for benzedrine



trade name of a type of amphetamine, 1933, registered as a proprietary name 1935 by Smith, Kline & French Laboratories, from benzoic (see benzene) + chemical suffix -edrine from ephedrine, etc. It is a carbonate of benzyl-methyl-carbinamine. Slang shortening benny first attested 1955.

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