Definition of amphetamine in English:

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amphetamine

Pronunciation: /amˈfɛtəmiːn/
/amˈfɛtəmɪn/

noun

[mass noun]
A synthetic, addictive, mood-altering drug, used illegally as a stimulant: the amphetamine put him on a high for an hour [count noun]: he was jailed for three months for possessing amphetamines
More example sentences
  • Ritalin is a stimulant whose effects are similar to those of amphetamine, methamphetamine and cocaine.
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  • The stimulant drugs are based on amphetamine and carry a risk of sudden death from fatal heart rhythms.

Origin

1930s: abbreviation of its chemical name, a(lpha-)m(ethyl) phe(ne)t(hyl)amine.

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