Definition of methylphenidate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmiːθʌɪlˈfɛnɪdeɪt/
/ˌmɛθʌɪlˈfɛnɪdeɪt/ /ˌmiːθɪlˈfɛnɪdeɪt/


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic drug that stimulates the sympathetic and central nervous systems, used chiefly to improve mental activity in attention deficit disorder. Also called Ritalin ( trademark).
Example sentences
  • We have seen it with antidepressants in adults and methylphenidate in behaviourally disordered children.
  • Traditional treatments, such as the stimulant drugs methylphenidate and amphetamine, outperformed caffeine in improving functioning and reducing levels of hyperactivity.
  • Ritalin is the brand name for methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant that is often prescribed for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
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