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[mass noun] A synthetic opiate drug which is a powerful painkiller and tranquillizer.
- ‘Narcotics such as morphine, meperidine, fentanyl, and methadone typically cause mild arterial hypercapnia in clinically recommended doses.’
- ‘Other drugs administered included fentanyl, lorazepam, midazolain, propofol, and hydromorphone.’
- ‘As a result, pharmaceutical companies have produced alternative opioids such as oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl, methadone, and tramadol.’
- ‘Opiates, including morphine and fentanyl, are powerful painkillers and anesthetics, but they also can slow a person's breathing to a dangerous rate.’
- ‘Described as being 30 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is also used to provide relief to persons suffering with chronic pain.’
1960s: apparently from fen- (representing phen-) + -t- + an- + -yl.
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