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propoxyphene Line breaks: pro|poxy|phene
Pronunciation: /prəʊˈpɒksɪfiːn/

Definition of propoxyphene in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic compound chemically related to methadone, used as a mild narcotic analgesic.
Example sentences
  • Drugs for which subjects were tested included cocaine, opiates, marijuana, phencyclidine, benzodiazepines, methaqualone, methadone, propoxyphene, barbiturates, and amphetamines.
  • Other analgesics to avoid for older adult patients are propoxyphene and pentazocine.
  • Opioids that should be avoided because of low efficacy and high side effect burden include meperidine, codeine, and propoxyphene.


1950s: from propyl + oxy-1 + -phene (from phenyl).

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