designer drug

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noun
  1. a drug produced by a minor modification in the chemical structure of an existing drug, resulting in a new substance with similar pharmacologic effects, especially one created to achieve the same effect as a controlled or illegal drug.

Origin of designer drug

First recorded in 1980–85
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Related Words for designer drug

dope, drug

British Dictionary definitions for designer drug

designer drug

noun
  1. any of various narcotic or hallucinogenic substances manufactured illegally from a range of chemicals
  2. med a drug designed to act on a specific molecular target
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designer drug in Medicine

designer drug

[dĭ-zīnər]
n.
  1. A drug with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, especially such a drug created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.
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designer drug in Science

designer drug

[dĭ-zīnər]
  1. Any of various drugs with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, especially such a drug created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.
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designer drug in Culture

designer drug

A drug that is manufactured to target a specific molecule in the body, for example, to treat a specific disease or condition.

Note

Some believe that these drugs are the future of the pharmaceutical industry, in that a drug will be tailored to an individual's unique genome.
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