phenacetin

[fuh-nas-i-tin]
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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solid, C10H13NO2, used in medicine chiefly as an agent for checking or preventing fever or for relieving pain: withdrawn because of unfavorable side effects.

Nearby words

  1. phelonion,
  2. phelps,
  3. pheme,
  4. phemister graft,
  5. phenacaine,
  6. phenaceturic acid,
  7. phenacite,
  8. phenakite,
  9. phenanthrene,
  10. phenanthrenequinone

Origin of phenacetin

First recorded in 1885–90; phen(etidine) + acet(yl) + -in2

Also called acetophenetidin.

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British Dictionary definitions for phenacetin

phenacetin

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 Because of its kidney toxicity it has been superseded by paracetamol.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

Word Origin for phenacetin

C19: from phenetidine + acetyl + -in

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