[ fen-l-proh-puh-nol-uh-meen, -min ]
/ ˌfɛn lˌproʊ pəˈnɒl əˌmin, -mɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

a substance, C9H13NO, related to ephedrine and amphetamine, available in various popular nonprescription diet aids as an appetite suppressant.

Origin of phenylpropanolamine

First recorded in 1945–50; phenyl + propane + -ol1 + -amine
Also called PPA Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for phenylpropanolamine


[ fĕn′əl-prō′pə-nŏlə-mēn′, fē′nəl- ]


An adrenergic drug that acts as a vasoconstrictor and is used as a nasal decongestant, a bronchodilator, an appetite suppressant, and a mild stimulant.
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