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methamphetamine

[meth-am-fet-uh-meen, -min] /ˌmɛθ æmˈfɛt əˌmin, -mɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
a central nervous system stimulant, C 1 0 H 1 5 N, used clinically in the treatment of narcolepsy, hyperkinesia, and for blood pressure maintenance in hypotensive states: also widely used as an illicit drug.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; meth- + amphetamine
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British Dictionary definitions for meth amphetamine

methamphetamine

/ˌmɛθæmˈfɛtəmɪn/
noun
1.
a variety of amphetamine used for its stimulant action
Word Origin
C20: from meth- + amphetamine
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Word Origin and History for meth amphetamine
methamphetamine
1949, from meth(yl) + amphetamine (q.v.); so called because it was a methyl derivative of amphetamine.
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meth amphetamine in Science
methamphetamine
  (měth'ām-fět'ə-mēn', -mĭn)   
An amine derivative of amphetamine, C10H15N, used in the form of its crystalline hydrochloride both as a central nervous system stimulant in the medical treatment of obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and illicitly as a recreational drug.
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Encyclopedia Article for meth amphetamine

methamphetamine

potent and addictive synthetic stimulant drug that affects the central nervous system (the spinal cord and brain). It was used widely for legal medical purposes throughout much of the 20th century. In the United States it was marketed under the brand names Methedrine and Desoxyn, and it was widely administered to industrial workers in Japan in the 1940s and '50s to increase their productivity.

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