[fen-l-ef-reen, -rin, feen-]

noun Pharmacology.

an alpha-adrenergic stimulant, C19H13NO2, used chiefly as a nasal decongestant.

Origin of phenylephrine

First recorded in 1945–50; phenyl + (epin)ephrine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

phenylephrine in Medicine


[fĕn′əl-ĕfrēn, fē′nəl-]


An adrenergic drug that is a powerful vasoconstrictor and is used to relieve nasal congestion, dilate the pupils, and maintain blood pressure during anesthesia.
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