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Medical Term:

methamphetamine hydrochloride

Pronunciation: meth'am-fet'a-men hi'dro-klor'id


A sympathomimetic agent that exerts greater stimulating effects on the CNS than amphetamine (hence street name, “speed”); widely used by drug abusers through oral and intravenous (“mainlining”) routes; strong psychic dependence may develop. When converted to the freebase (methamphetamine) it can be smoked like crack cocaine and is referred to by various street names, ice.

Synonym(s): methylamphetamine hydrochloride

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