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[am-fet-uh-meen, -min] /æmˈfɛt əˌmin, -mɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
a racemic drug, C 9 H 13 N, that stimulates the central nervous system: used chiefly to lift the mood in depressive states and to control the appetite in cases of obesity.
Origin of amphetamine
1935-40; a(lpha) + m(ethyl) + ph(enyl) + et(hyl) + amine Unabridged
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  • As a bonus, one of those three also stimulated the production of antibodies against another widely used drug, amphetamine.
  • Half received the real drug, and the others were given an amphetamine or a placebo.
  • But such an amphetamine pace cannot be sustained forever.
  • Call it meth and you take out the stinger, because the harmful part is amphetamine.
  • It took a mountain of amphetamine, mescaline, and cannabis to launch me into that space.
  • Lurking within his amphetamine-fueled fictions are truths that have only to be found and decoded.
  • The confiscated spoon containing traces of amphetamine is declared forfeit.
  • The molecule is also chemically similar to amphetamine, a hint that it might be one source of runner's high.
  • There has been meth amphetamine found in some of these blends, psychedelic mushrooms all kinds of stuff.
  • Its high is complicated: there is euphoria, certainly, and an amphetamine kick.
British Dictionary definitions for amphetamine


/æmˈfɛtəˌmiːn; -mɪn/
a synthetic colourless volatile liquid used medicinally as the white crystalline sulphate, mainly for its stimulant action on the central nervous system, although it also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. It can have unpleasant or dangerous side effects and drug dependence can occur; 1-phenyl-2-aminopropane. Formula: C6H5CH2CH(NH2)CH3
Word Origin
C20: from a(lpha) + m(ethyl) + ph(enyl) + et(hyl) + -amine
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Word Origin and History for amphetamine

1938, contracted from alphamethyl-phenethylamine.

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amphetamine in Medicine

amphetamine am·phet·a·mine (ām-fět'ə-mēn', -mĭn)

  1. A colorless, volatile liquid used primarily as a central nervous system stimulant.

  2. A derivative of amphetamine, such as dextroamphetamine or a phosphate or sulfate of amphetamine, used as a central nervous system stimulant in the treatment of certain conditions, such as narcolepsy and depression.

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amphetamine in Science
Any of a group of drugs that stimulate the central nervous system, resulting in elevated blood pressure, heart rate, and other metabolic functions. Amphetamines are used in the treatment of certain neurological conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. The drugs are highly addictive and are sometimes abused.
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amphetamine in Culture

amphetamine definition

A drug that stimulates the central nervous system and is used to treat certain conditions, such as attention deficit disorder, depression, and narcolepsy.

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