- Pharmacology. a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.
- (in federal law)
- any substance recognized in the official pharmacopoeia or formulary of the nation.
- any substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals.
- any article, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals.
- any substance intended for use as a component of such a drug, but not a device or a part of a device.
- a habit-forming medicinal or illicit substance, especially a narcotic.
- chemical substances prepared and sold as pharmaceutical items, either by prescription or over the counter.
- personal hygienic items sold in a drugstore, as toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
- Obsolete. any ingredient used in chemistry, pharmacy, dyeing, or the like.
- to administer a medicinal drug to.
- to stupefy or poison with a drug.
- to mix (food or drink) with a drug, especially a stupefying, narcotic, or poisonous drug.
- to administer anything nauseous to.
- drug up, to take a narcotic drug: The addict prowled about for a place to drug up.
- drug on the market, a commodity that is overabundant or in excess of demand in the market.Also drug in the market.
Origin of drug1
- a simple past tense and past participle of drag.
Examples from the Web for drugged
Once she arrived solo at his hotel suite, he drugged her and told her to chase it with a shot of amaretto.Two New Bill Cosby Accusers Come Forward: ‘We Challenge Mr. Cosby to End This Nightmare’
December 3, 2014
After she ended a 6-month-long consensual affair with Cosby, she claims he drugged her backstage before a performance in Denver.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
Many of the boys had been drugged or tricked into coming to the center, and to watch them adjust was very difficult.China Doesn't Want You to See the Internet Addiction Film 'Web Junkie'
Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
August 9, 2014
The dog might even have been drugged (we might call this the Scooby Doo explanation).Is Sherlock Holmes a Good Detective?
January 26, 2014
“Some kids were drugged, others were tricked into coming here,” says one of the kids.‘Web Junkie’ Is a Harrowing Documentary on China’s Internet Addiction Rehab Clinics
January 20, 2014
She, carrying the babies, drugged with paregoric, in a basket on her arm.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Then, Cousin, he was drugged or drunk or bewitched, not the Peter whom we know.
That for the marquis will be drugged, since he must not see too clear to-night.
"I have been drugged and robbed," he replied, lowering his voice.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
If I was drunk or drugged the last night, I know how it happened, for all that.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- any synthetic, semisynthetic, or natural chemical substance used in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease, or for other medical reasonsRelated adjective: pharmaceutical
- a chemical substance, esp a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces
- drug on the market a commodity available in excess of the demands of the market
- to mix a drug with (food, drink, etc)
- to administer a drug to
- to stupefy or poison with or as if with a drug
Word Origin and History for drugged
late 14c. (early 14c. in Anglo-French), "medicine, chemical ingredients," from Old French droge "supply, stock, provision" (14c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German droge-vate "dry barrels," or droge waere, literally "dry wares," but specifically drugs and spices, with first element mistaken as word for the contents (see dry goods), or because medicines mostly consisted of dried herbs.
Cf. Latin species, in Late Latin "wares," then specialized to "spices" (French épice, English spice). The same source produced Italian and Spanish droga, Swedish drog.
Application to "narcotics and opiates" is late 19c., though association with "poisons" is 1500s. Druggie first recorded 1968. To be a drug on or in the market (mid-17c.) is of doubtful connection and may be a different word, perhaps a play on drag, which was sometimes drug c.1240-1800.
c.1600, from drug (n.). Related: drugged; drugging.
- A substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or as a component of a medication.
- Such a substance as recognized or defined by the US Food and Drug Administration.
- A chemical substance, such as a narcotic or hallucinogen, that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behavior and often addiction.
- To administer a drug, especially in an overly large quantity, to an individual.
- To stupefy or dull with or as if with a drug; to narcotize.
- A chemical substance, especially one prescribed by a medical provider, that is used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a condition or disease. Drugs are prescribed for a limited amount of time, as for an acute infection, or on a regular basis for chronic disorders, such as hypertension.
- A chemical substance such as a narcotic or a hallucinogen that affects the central nervous system and is used recreationally for perceived desirable effects on personality, perception, or behavior. Many recreational drugs are used illicitly and can be addictive.