[ fen-tuh-nil ]
/ ˈfɛn tə nɪl /
a synthetic, short-acting narcotic analgesic and sedative, C22H28N2O, used pharmacologically in anesthesia and neuroleptanalgesia, and also as an illicit drug: Medics quickly administered fentanyl to the injured soldiers.Drug dealers are lacing heroin with fentanyl.
Origin of fentanyl
First recorded in 1960–65; contraction and respelling of the chemical name N-(1-phenethyl-4-piperidyl)propionanilide
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Examples from the Web for fentanyl
The story of a wayward anesthesia trainee who took a near fatal dose of fentanyl hit the news this week.
Even if the dealer loads stamp bags with fentanyl and causes an overdose of 22 people in Pennsylvania?
British Dictionary definitions for fentanyl
/ (ˈfɛntəˌnaɪl) /
a narcotic drug used in medicine to relieve pain
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Medicine definitions for fentanyl
[ fĕn′tə-nĭl ]
A narcotic analgesic used in combination with other drugs before, during, or following surgery.
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