Definition of phencyclidine in English:

phencyclidine

Line breaks: phen|cyc¦lid|ine
Pronunciation: /fɛnˈsʌɪklɪdiːn
 
/
(abbreviation: PCP)

noun

[mass noun]
  • A synthetic compound derived from piperidine, used as a veterinary anaesthetic and in hallucinogenic drugs such as angel dust.
    More example sentences
    • Ketamine was derived from phencyclidine in the 1960s for use as a dissociative anesthetic.
    • Hallucinogens, such as phencyclidine (PCP or angel dust) produce schizophrenic-like symptoms in healthy people.
    • Random drug testing was conducted on urine specimens to detect the use of amphetamines, opiates, cocaine, marijuana, and phencyclidine.

Origin

1950s: from pheno- + cyclo- + a shortened form of piperidine.

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