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fenfluramine

[ fen-floor-uh-meen ]

noun

, Pharmacology.
  1. a sympathomimetic substance, C 12 H 16 F 3 N, formerly used mainly as an anorectic in the treatment of obesity but withdrawn from the market in 1997 because of its potential to cause valvular heart disease


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Word History and Origins

Origin of fenfluramine1

First recorded in 1965–70; by contraction, respelling and rearrangement of (trifluoromethyl)phenethylamine

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fenethyllineF Eng