- a colorless, liquid drug, CHCHCH(NH)CH, that acts as a stimulant of the central nervous system and is used, usually in its crystalline sulfate or phosphate form, as a medicine to treat narcolepsy, depression, obesity, and Parkinson's disease: often used nonmedically for its stimulant effect, it is potentially habit forming
- any closely related drug, as Dexedrine
Origin of amphetaminea(lpha-)m(ethyl-beta-)ph(enyl-)et(hyl-)amine
A synthetic compound, C9H13N, that occurs as a racemic mixture of two stereoisomers or as one of its stereoisomers (especially dextroamphetamine), derivatives (such as methamphetamine), or salts. Amphetamine acts as a central nervous system stimulant, and various formulations are used in the medical treatment of certain conditions (such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and illegally as stimulants.
Origin of amphetaminea(lpha) m(ethyl) ph(enyl) et(hyl) amine
(countable and uncountable, plural amphetamines)
Shortened form of alpha-methylphenethylamine.