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phenacetin

[ fuh-nas-i-tin ]
/ fəˈnæs ɪ tɪn /
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noun Pharmacology.

a white, slightly water-soluble, crystalline solid, C10H13NO2, used in medicine chiefly as an agent for checking or preventing fever or for relieving pain: withdrawn because of unfavorable side effects.

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Also called acetophenetidin.

Origin of phenacetin

First recorded in 1885–90; phen(etidine) + acet(yl) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for phenacetin

phenacetin
/ (fɪˈnæsɪtɪn) /

noun

a white crystalline solid formerly used in medicine to relieve pain and fever. Because of its kidney toxicity it has been superseded by paracetamol. Formula: CH 3 CONHC 6 H 4 OC 2 H 5Also called: acetophenetidin
C19: from phenetidine + acetyl + -in
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