- a white, bitter, crystalline alkaloid, C17H19NO3⋅H2O, the most important narcotic and addictive principle of opium, obtained by extraction and crystallization and used chiefly in medicine as a pain reliever and sedative.
Origin of morphine
Examples from the Web for morphia
At the same end of the case were the receptacles also of the atropin and the morphia.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Well, if you're thinking of morphia for her, don't have anything to do with it.Joy (First Series Plays)
The composing influence of the morphia had not yet left her.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
You must give me a double dose of morphia to-night, darling.
Already I spend 500 francs a year on morphia, I must really retrench.
- an alkaloid extracted from opium: used in medicine as an analgesic and sedative, although repeated use causes addiction. Formula: C 17 H 19 NO 3
Word Origin and History for morphia
chief alkaloid of opium, 1828, from French morphine or German Morphin (1816), name coined by German apothecary Friedrich Sertürner (1783-1840) in reference to Latin Morpheus, Ovid's name for the god of dreams, from Greek morphe "form, shape, beauty, outward appearance," perhaps from PIE *merph-, a possible Greek root meaning "form," of unknown origin. So called because of the drug's sleep-inducing properties.
- A bitter crystalline alkaloid extracted from opium, the soluble salts of which are used in medicine as an analgesic, a light anesthetic, or a sedative.morphia
- A highly addictive drug derived from opium and used to treat intractable pain, as in severe injury or metastatic cancer.