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silver white

1. Any white pigment used in paints.
2. A very pure variety of white lead; French white, China white.
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The first of these studies was the description in 1982 of severe Parkinson-like symptoms among a group of drug users in northern California who had taken synthetic heroin contaminated with MPTP (1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine; Langston et al.
Scientists recently observed that a chemical compound found in synthetic heroin and other illegally manufactured opiates causes brain damage and clinical symptoms that closely match Parkinson's disease (SN: 10/5/85, p.
After several weeks of intensive medical sleuthing, it was finally determined that a clandestine chemist just outside the San Francisco Bay Area was making a synthetic heroin in his garage but had made an error in chemistry and produced the compound 1-methyl-4-phenyl-l,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine, now widely known as MPTP.