Definition of propoxyphene in English:

propoxyphene

noun

mass nounMedicine
  • A synthetic compound chemically related to methadone, used as a mild narcotic analgesic.

    • ‘Other analgesics to avoid for older adult patients are propoxyphene and pentazocine.’
    • ‘His only current medication is propoxyphene for pain.’
    • ‘She received symptomatic therapy with naproxen and propoxyphene.’
    • ‘Opioids that should be avoided because of low efficacy and high side effect burden include meperidine, codeine, and propoxyphene.’
    • ‘Drugs for which subjects were tested included cocaine, opiates, marijuana, phencyclidine, benzodiazepines, methaqualone, methadone, propoxyphene, barbiturates, and amphetamines.’

Origin

1950s: from propyl + oxy- + -phene (from phenyl).

Pronunciation

propoxyphene

/prəʊˈpɒksɪfiːn/