The Alternative English Dictionary: amphetamine

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amphetamine {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: amfetamine etymology Shortened form of alpha-methylphenethylamine. pronunciation
  • (US) /æmˈfɛtəmin/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (organic compound, proper) The racemic freebase of amphetamine, the chemical with an IUPAC name of "1-phenylpropan-2-amine"; equal parts of the levoamphetamine and dextroamphetamine stereoisomer in their pure amine forms.
  2. (informal) Any mixture of the amphetamine enantiomers, dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine; any chemical that can be described by an enantiomeric ratio of the amphetamine enantiomers.
  3. (informal, nonstandard) Referring to a substituted amphetamine; a member of the amphetamine class of chemicals.
  4. (medicine) A potent central nervous system stimulant of the phenethylamine chemical class that is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.

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