Glossary

acute: Extremely serious, severe, or painful.

analgesics: Medications that alleviate pain without causing a loss of consciousness.

attributes: Characteristics.

clandestinely: Secretively, usually illegally.

clinical trials: Research done to determine the effectiveness of a medication.

codeine: A white powder derived from opium, but milder in action, used as a painkiller and to relieve coughing.

condoned: Regarded something that is considered immoral or wrong in a tolerant way, without criticizing it or feeling strongly about it.

dehydration: The process of removing moisture from something.

detrimental: Causing harm or damage.

disorientation: Feeling lost or confused.

endorse: To give formal approval or permission for something. euphoria: Extreme happiness.

extract: A substance obtained from a compound in solid, liquid, or gas form by using an industrial or chemical process.

extremities: Hands and feet.

exude: To communicate a particular quality or feeling in abundance.

genes: The basic units capable of transmitting characteristics from one generation to the next.

hallucinate: To see, hear, or otherwise sense people, things, or events that are not present or actually occurring at the time.

histamines: Compounds released by the immune system during allergic reactions that cause irritation, contraction of smooth muscle, stimulation of gastric secretions, and dilation of the blood vessels.

hypertension: High blood pressure.

idealized: Thought of someone or something as being perfect, ignoring any imperfections.

ketamine: A white powder used as a general anesthetic in human and veterinary medicine.

mania: A psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive physical activity, rapidly changing ideas, and impulsive behavior.

metabolism: The ongoing chemical interactions taking place in living organisms that provide energy and nutrients necessary to sustain life.

metabolize: To undergo metabolism.

paranoia: Extreme and unreasonable suspicion of people and their motives.

patent medicines: Medicines that can be bought without a prescription and are protected by a patent or trademark.

PCP: Phencyclidin; a drug used as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine and illegally as a hallucinogen.

pharmacological: Relating to the science or study of drugs, including their sources, chemistry, production, use in treating diseases, and side effects.

potent: Powerful or strong.

precursor: Something or someone that comes before and leads to the development of another thing or person.

profile: A list of characteristics that indicates the extent to which something matches a standard.

profound: Very great, strong, or intense.

Reye's syndrome: A rare and serious childhood disease, usually following a respiratory infection, causing vomiting, fatty deposits in the liver, disorientation, and swelling of the kidneys and brain.

stimulant: A drug or other agent that produces a temporary increase in functional activity of a body organ or part.

synergistic: Used to describe the working together of two or more things or people, especially when the result is greater than the sum of their individual effects or capabilities.

synthetic: Made artificially.

unattainable: Unreachable.

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