[pem-uh-leen, -lin]

noun Pharmacology.

a synthetic, weak, central nervous system stimulant, C9H8N2O2, with sympathomimetic activity, used as an adjunct in the management of hyperkinetic behavior disorders.

Nearby words

  1. pembroke,
  2. pembroke pines,
  3. pembroke table,
  4. pembrokeshire,
  5. pemmican,
  6. pemphigoid,
  7. pemphigus,
  8. pemphigus erythematosus,
  9. pemphigus foliaceus,
  10. pemphigus gangrenosus

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. 2019

Medicine definitions for pemoline




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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