- a synthetic narcotic, C21H28ClNO, similar to morphine but effective orally, used in the relief of pain and as a heroin substitute in the treatment of heroin addiction.
Also meth·a·don [meth-uh-don] /ˈmɛθ əˌdɒn/.
Origin of methadone
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Examples from the Web for methadone
The three main types of medication for opiate withdrawal and recovery are methadone, buphrenorphine, and naltrexone.
The research also showed that once the patients stabilized on methadone, there was a decrease in their cannabis use.
Jay died of a methadone overdose three years after his suicide attempt.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
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I went through a methadone program and it helped, but then you get hooked on that.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
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April 27, 2014
Francisco insisted at the meeting that Shawn herself must have taken the methadone.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
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January 11, 2014
- a narcotic analgesic drug similar to morphine, used to treat opiate addiction. Formula: C 21 H 27 NO
C20: from (di) meth (yl) + a (mino) + d (iphenyl) + -one
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Word Origin and History for methadone
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An analgesic that is sometimes used in the treatment of drug addiction.
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