[pem-uh-leen, -lin]
noun Pharmacology.
  1. a synthetic, weak, central nervous system stimulant, C9H8N2O2, with sympathomimetic activity, used as an adjunct in the management of hyperkinetic behavior disorders.

Origin of pemoline

1960–65; perhaps p(h)e(nyl) + (i)m(ino)- + (oxaz)ol(id)ine, components of its chemical name Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

pemoline in Medicine


  1. A white, crystalline synthetic compound that is used as a mild stimulant of the central nervous system, especially in the treatment of depression.
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