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  A name for recreational chemicals that were entirely synthetic.  

The drug-using populace had dwindled with the aging of the population, and modern users were more sophisticated. They preferred untraceable neurochemicals to crude vegetable extracts. These very neurochemicals now boiled out of the high-tech drug vats of the Caribbean.
From Islands in the Net, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by William Morrow in 1988
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