[ben-zi-dreen, -drin]

Pharmacology, Trademark.

a brand of amphetamine. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • It made me think of my college days, when I had stayed up all night on benzedrine, writing term papers.

    Last Resort

    Stephen Bartholomew

British Dictionary definitions for benzedrine



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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