- a white, crystalline, slightly bitter alkaloid, C18H21NO3, obtained from opium, used in medicine chiefly as an analgesic or sedative and to inhibit coughing.
Origin of codeine
Examples from the Web for codeine
Because of the wide variability in codeine metabolism, its use as a cough suppressant is not recommended.
Codeine should not have been prescribed for these patients because its metabolism in children varies widely from person to person.
“Junk,” we learn, refers to opium and its derivatives: morphine, heroin, pantopon, Dilaudid, codeine.American Dreams, 1953: ‘Junky’ by William S. Burroughs
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The Demerol, the vicodin, the percocet, codeine, the cocaine, the Jack Daniels, the wine.Inside the Latest Michael Jackson Trial—the One With $40 Billion on the Line
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Lil Wayne once said that quitting sizzurp—cough syrup laced with codeine—‘feels like death in your stomach.’Rapper Lil Wayne and His Struggle With Sizzurp ‘Drank’
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Morphine and codeine are believed alone to give this reaction.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
Other salts of Codeine are not described because used substantially as the above.Merck's 1899 Manual
Merck & Co.
Codeine gives the same reaction, but no other of the alkaloids.
Its meythl ester, which can be formed from it, is codeine, one of the accompanying alkaloids of opium.
Commercial morphia and its preparations are often contaminated with codeine, narcotine, and colouring matter.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- 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 and History for codeine
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.
- An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used as a cough suppressant, analgesic, and hypnotic.methylmorphine
- An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used primarily as an analgesic and a cough suppressant. Chemical formula: C18H21NO3.