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morphine

[mawr-feen] /ˈmɔr fin/
noun, Pharmacology.
1.
a white, bitter, crystalline alkaloid, C 1 7 H 1 9 NO 3 ⋅H 2 O, 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.
Also, morphia
[mawr-fee-uh] /ˈmɔr fi ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of morphine
1820-1830
1820-30; < German Morphin. See Morpheus, -ine2
Related forms
morphinic
[mawr-fin-ik] /mɔrˈfɪn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the Web for morphia
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  • Another dose of morphia is the only thing that will quiet it.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Beyond lay Alphonse, drugged with morphia, after an intolerable day.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • morphia could be freely given—and would be given till all was over.

    Elizabeth's Campaign Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  • She listened to his cries all night, for the morphia brought him no relief.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • For several days he was kept alive only by injections of morphia.

  • Which shows that morphia, good as it is, is not as good as death.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • Dr. Tremayne came in later and examined him, and gave him morphia.

    A Fortunate Term Angela Brazil
  • At the same end of the case were the receptacles also of the atropin and the morphia.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • But the boy had himself insisted on strychnine and morphia before the visit, and talked a great deal.

    Elizabeth's Campaign Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  • Well, if you're thinking of morphia for her, don't have anything to do with it.

    Joy (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for morphia

morphine

/ˈmɔːfiːn/
noun
1.
an alkaloid extracted from opium: used in medicine as an analgesic and sedative, although repeated use causes addiction. Formula: C17H19NO3
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Morpheus
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Word Origin and History for morphia

morphine

n.

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.

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morphia in Medicine

morphia mor·phi·a (môr'fē-ə)
n.
See morphine.

morphine mor·phine (môr'fēn')
n.
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. Also called morphia.

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morphia in Science
morphine
  (môr'fēn')   
A highly addictive drug derived from opium and used to treat intractable pain, as in severe injury or metastatic cancer.
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morphia in Culture
morphine [(mawr-feen)]

An addictive drug derived from opium that is used as an analgesic and sedative.

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