- 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 colorless, volatile liquid, C9H13N, used as a central nervous system stimulant in the treatment of certain conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, and narcolepsy, and used illegally as a stimulant.
- A derivative of amphetamine, such as dextroamphetamine or a phosphate or sulfate of amphetamine.
Origin of amphetaminea(lpha) + m(ethyl) + ph(enyl) + et(hyl) + amine.
(countable and uncountable, plural amphetamines)
Shortened form of alpha-methylphenethylamine.