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codeine

[koh-deen]
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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a white, crystalline, slightly bitter alkaloid, C18H21NO3, obtained from opium, used in medicine chiefly as an analgesic or sedative and to inhibit coughing.
Also co·de·ia [koh-dee-uh] /koʊˈdi ə/, co·de·i·na [koh-dee-ee-nuh] /ˌkoʊ diˈi nə/.

Origin of codeine

1830–40; < Greek kṓde(ia) head, poppy-head + -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for codeine

codeine

noun
  1. a white crystalline alkaloid prepared mainly from morphine and having a similar but milder action. It is used as an analgesic, an antidiarrhoeal, and to relieve coughing. Formula: C 18 H 21 NO 3

Word Origin

C19: from Greek kōdeia head of a poppy, from kōos hollow place + -ine ²
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Word Origin and History for codeine

n.

alkaloid present in opium, 1838, from French codéine, coined, with chemical suffix -ine (2), from Greek kodeia "poppy head," related to kooz "prison," literally "hollow place;" kodon "bell, mouth of a trumpet;" koilos "hollow," from PIE root *kel- (see cell). Originally codeina; modern form is from 1881.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

codeine in Medicine

codeine

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n.
  1. An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used as a cough suppressant, analgesic, and hypnotic.methylmorphine
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codeine in Science

codeine

[kōdēn′]
  1. An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used primarily as an analgesic and a cough suppressant. Chemical formula: C18H21NO3.
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codeine in Culture

codeine

[(koh-deen)]

A drug obtained from opium or morphine that is used as a pain reliever and cough remedy.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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