- Slang. phencyclidine.
Origin of PCP1
perhaps p(hen)c(yclidine) + (peace) p(ill), an earlier designation
- pneumocystis pneumonia.
- primary-care physician.
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Examples from the Web for pcp
Koon: It was my belief and my perception he was under the influence of PCP.L.A. Riots Anniversary: Stacey Koon’s Disturbing Testimony
April 28, 2012
To the increasing number of kids now smoking it, PCP induces a psychotic state with symptoms that resemble schizophrenia.
In parts of Philly, PCP use is back to peak levels, and the associated social costs are piling up.
These days, PCP comes dissolved in an oily yellow tincture called “wet.”
Evidence of a swelling wave of PCP use has been starting to crop up in recent substance-abuse data.
Chronic users of PCP report persistent memory problems and speech difficulties.
The effects of PCP vary, but users frequently report a sense of distance and estrangement.
- Also called: informal angel dust p henyl c yclohexyl p iperidine (phencyclidine); a depressant drug used illegally as a hallucinogen
- Pneumocystis carinii pneumoniaSee pneumocystis
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Word Origin and History for pcp
1977, from phenocyclidine.
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- primary care physician
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