Adolophine

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the drug's trade name Dolophine (itself from Latin dolor, pain), by confusion with the name of Adolf Hitler. (The drug was developed in Nazi Germany.)

Noun[edit]

Adolophine (uncountable)

  1. Apocryphal former name for the drug methadone.
    • 2003, Gillian Tober, John Strang, Methadone Matters
      Although it has been widely asserted that one of the first trade names given to methadone - Dolophine - was a derivation of Adolf (and even that it was called Adolophine in Germany - the A being dropped after the war),...
    • 2009, Andrew Morton, Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography
      ...that psychiatry was a "Nazi science" and that methadone, a drug used to fight heroin addiction, was originally called Adolophine after Adolf Hitler?