Definition of phencyclidine in English:

phencyclidine

(also PCP)

noun

mass noun
  • A synthetic compound derived from piperidine, used as a veterinary anaesthetic and in hallucinogenic drugs such as angel dust.

    • ‘Hallucinogens, such as phencyclidine (PCP or angel dust) produce schizophrenic-like symptoms in healthy people.’
    • ‘Random drug testing was conducted on urine specimens to detect the use of amphetamines, opiates, cocaine, marijuana, and phencyclidine.’
    • ‘Ketamine was derived from phencyclidine in the 1960s for use as a dissociative anesthetic.’
    • ‘Rune immediately recognized the effects of phencyclidine or more commonly known as ‘angel dust.’’
    • ‘Ketamine, a derivative of phencyclidine hydrochloride, was introduced in the 1960s as a dissociative anesthetic.’

Origin

1950s: from pheno- + cyclo- + a shortened form of piperidine.

Pronunciation

phencyclidine

/fɛnˈsʌɪklɪdiːn/