designer drug

noun
a drug produced by a minor modification in the chemical structure of an existing drug, resulting in a new substance with similar pharmacologic effects, especially one created to achieve the same effect as a controlled or illegal drug.

Origin:
1980–85

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designer drug
 
n
1.  any of various narcotic or hallucinogenic substances manufactured illegally from a range of chemicals
2.  med a drug designed to act on a specific molecular target

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designer drug de·sign·er drug (dĭ-zī'nər)
n.
A drug with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, especially such a drug created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.

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designer drug   (dĭ-zī'nər)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various drugs with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, especially such a drug created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.
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designer drug definition


A drug that is manufactured to target a specific molecule in the body, for example, to treat a specific disease or condition.

Note: Some believe that these drugs are the future of the pharmaceutical industry, in that a drug will be tailored to an individual's unique genome.
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Example sentences
He also explained concerns and availability of designer drug products.
It is known as a designer drug because it is created for the purpose of making someone feel high.
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