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amphetamine

Syllabification: am·phet·a·mine
Pronunciation: /amˈfedəˌmēn
 
, amˈfedəˌmin
 
/

Definition of amphetamine in English:

noun

A synthetic, addictive, mood-altering drug, used illegally as a stimulant and legally as a prescription drug to treat children with ADD and adults with narcolepsy.
Example sentences
  • Ritalin is a stimulant whose effects are similar to those of amphetamine, methamphetamine and cocaine.
  • Scientists don't know much about how drugs like amphetamine and Prozac interact in young children.
  • The stimulant drugs are based on amphetamine and carry a risk of sudden death from fatal heart rhythms.

Origin

1930s: abbreviation of its chemical name, a(lpha-)m(ethyl) phe(ne)t(hyl)amine.

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