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phenacetin Syllabification: phe·nac·e·tin
Pronunciation: /fēˈnasədən/

Definition of phenacetin in English:


A synthetic compound used as a painkilling and antipyretic drug.
Example sentences
  • I have seen several patients come to our emergency room over the years in acute renal failure induced by Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aspirin, phenacetin, and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Because of incidences of nephrotoxicity when taken over long periods, phenacetin is no longer available in the U.S. Found in two products.
  • Abuse of combination analgesics containing phenacetin, antipyrine (phenazone) and caffeine have been associated with urinary tract tumors.


Late 19th century: from pheno- + acet(yl) + -in1.

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