A synthetic, addictive, mood-altering drug, used illegally as a stimulant: the amphetamine put him on a high for an hour [count noun]: he was jailed for three months for possessing amphetamines
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1930s: abbreviation of its chemical name, a(lpha-)m(ethyl) phe(ne)t(hyl)amine.
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