One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic heterocyclic compound which is a stimulant of the central nervous system and is used to treat fatigue, amphetamine addiction, and other conditions; 2-imino-4-oxo-5-phenyloxazolidine, C₉H₈N₂O₂.
1960s; earliest use found in MIMS Monthly Index. Apparently from pe- + m- + -ol- + -ine, elements of the systematic name.
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