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(Pharmacology) a white crystalline solid formerly used in medicine to relieve pain and fever. Because of its kidney toxicity it has been superseded by paracetamol. Formula: CH3CONHC6H4OC2H5. Also called: acetophenetidin
[C19: from phenetidine + acetyl + -in]


(fəˈnæs ɪ tɪn)

a white, crystalline solid, C10H13NO2, formerly used to relieve pain and fever: withdrawn because of unfavorable side effects.
[1885–90; phen (etidine) + acet (yl) + -in1]
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Noun1.phenacetin - a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
analgesic, anodyne, pain pill, painkiller - a medicine used to relieve pain
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Won't you try one of these phenacetine lozenges--excellent things for a headache, I believe?
I had on the table before me a box of phenacetine lozenges.
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