Definition of phencyclidine in English:

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Pronunciation: /fenˈsīkliˌdēn/ /-ˈsik-/
(abbreviation PCP)


A synthetic compound derived from piperidine, used as a veterinary anesthetic and in hallucinogenic drugs such as angel dust.
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.


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

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Syllabification: phen·cy·cli·dine

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