Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See acetophenetidin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a class of analgesic and antipyretic drugs derived from acetanilide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white, crystalline compound, C10H13O2N, once used in medicine principally as an antipyretic. It is now seldom used because of serious side effects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An acetyl derivative of amidophenol, occurring in small tasteless colorless crystals but slightly soluble in water, antalgesic and antipyretic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic

Etymologies

Rearrangement of chemical name acetophenetidin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • There are various methods of treatment -- with him they fought it with a drug called phenacetin, and to the lay mind a wonderful drug it appears.

    Impressions of a War Correspondent

  • School, Chicago, said of the coal-tar remedies, such as phenacetin and antipyrin, in the treatment of influenza and _la grippe_: -- "While each dose temporarily reduces the fever it retards the most important physiological processes on which the living system depends for resisting the effects of toxic agents, namely, oxidation and elimination.

    Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why What Medical Writers Say

  • The U.S. Army cure-all at the time was the A.P.C. tablet—a mixture of aspirin, phenacetin, and caffeine.

    A Covert Affair

  • The EU drug experts are particularly worried about the health effects of levamisole, which is usually used to treat worms in cattle, and phenacetin, a painkiller that could cause kidney disease.

    UK tops European cocaine league table

  • Army veterans know that APC (aspirin, phenacetin, and caffeine) remains a time-tested treatment for pain.

    Gary R. Gaffney: The Myth of the Myth of HGH as Performance Enhancing

  • Andrews to bring me some phenacetin, will you, dear?

    The Making of a Soul

  • When I came to investigate the validity of these predictions, as I did shortly after the introduction of antipyrin, phenacetin, and the other members of the same group of compounds, I found my predictions verified, and, indeed, exceeded.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891

  • For this reason the anæsthetic effects of ether disappear shortly after removal of the inhaler, whereas solutions of antipyrin, phenacetin, morphine, and other salts possessing an affinity for nervous tissue exert much more permanent effects upon the cerebro-spinal system.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891

  • I will merely add, however, that I have long known that the dosage of phenacetin, antipyrine, morphine, chloralamid, chloral, the bromides, and many other remedies might be reduced by resort to the same procedure; all of which is merely equivalent to stating that their pharmaco-dynamic energy may be increased in this way.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891

  • For example, the anæsthetic effects of ether disappear shortly after removal of the inhaler, whether we apply tourniquets to the extremities or not; but, on the other hand, the analgesic influence of antipyrin, phenacetin, morphine, and other like remedies lasts very much longer, and their dose may be reduced, or -- what is the same thing -- their pharmaco-dynamic potency may be enhanced by the sequestration of the blood contained within the extremities.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891

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