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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 of methamphetamine
1945-1950
1945-50; meth- + amphetamine
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British Dictionary definitions for methamphetamine

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 methamphetamine
n.

1949, from methyl + amphetamine; so called because it was a methyl derivative of amphetamine.

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methamphetamine 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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