- a drug containing opium or its derivatives, used in medicine for inducing sleep and relieving pain.
- any sedative, soporific, or narcotic.
- anything that causes dullness or inaction or that soothes the feelings.
- mixed or prepared with opium.
- inducing sleep; soporific; narcotic.
- causing dullness or inaction.
- to subject to an opiate; stupefy.
- to dull or deaden.
Origin of opiate
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Examples from the Web for opiate
The three main types of medication for opiate withdrawal and recovery are methadone, buphrenorphine, and naltrexone.Is Weed the Secret to Beating Opiate Addiction?
Tracey Mitchell, Abby Haglage
September 5, 2014
For one, despite evidence to their efficacy, many insurance plans will not cover the costs of opiate replacement therapies.I Detoxed from Heroin in Jail
June 28, 2014
Without a complete overhaul of the opiate world, he worries it will continue.America’s Oxy-Express Route to Heroin Addiction
May 15, 2014
Part of the problem is that opiate drugs are out there in too vast quantity.
Think of the person you know (or your friend who knows someone) who has died because of a heroin, or opiate, overdose.
It was a luxury so penetrating and powerful that it affected him like an opiate.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
But while there's life there's hope, you know; and meantime I'll send you an opiate to relieve the pain.The Eternal City
A strong emetic and a subsequent cathartic; and then an opiate and the bark.Zoonomia, Vol. II
"I will prepare an opiate," said the physician in a whisper.The Light of Scarthey
Her fried chicken and creamed gravy and mashed potatoes had been an opiate.The Gallery
Roger Phillips Graham
- any of various narcotic drugs, such as morphine and heroin, that act on opioid receptors
- any other narcotic or sedative drug
- something that soothes, deadens, or induces sleep
- containing or consisting of opium
- inducing relaxation; soporific
- to treat with an opiate
- to dull or deaden
Word Origin and History for opiate
"medicine containing opium," early 15c., from Medieval Latin opiatus, from Latin opium (see opium). Figurative sense of "anything that dulls the feelings" is from 1640s. From 1540s in English as an adjective, "made with or containing opium."
- Any of various sedative narcotics that contain opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.
- A drug, hormone, or other chemical substance that has sedative or narcotic effects similar to those containing opium or its derivatives.opioid
- Of or containing opium or any of its derivatives.
- Resembling opium or its derivatives in activity.
- Inducing sleep or sedation; soporific.
- To subject to the action of an opiate.