One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An isoquinoline derivative and central nervous system stimulant formerly given (especially as the maleate) in the treatment of depression; 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-2-methyl-4-phenylisoquinolin-8-ylamine, C₁₆H₁₈N₂.
1970s; earliest use found in WHO Chronicle. Origin uncertain: perhaps from nomi- (rearrangement of -mino in amino-) + fen- + -s- (perhaps an arbitrary element) + -ine.
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