- a bitter, crystalline alkaloid, C17H21NO4, obtained from coca leaves, used as a local anesthetic and also widely used as an illicit drug for its stimulant and euphorigenic properties.
Origin of cocaine
Examples from the Web for cocaine
Cocaine busts, tax cheats, and bribe-taking, born-again Christians: Welcome to the political scandals of 2014.2014 Was a Delectably Good Year for Sleaze
December 30, 2014
He dealt drugs, was addicted to cocaine by the time he was 13, and found himself constantly in trouble with the law.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
You also write about cocaine as a casual drug you dabbled in earlier.Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
She alleges that he and twenty-or-so named colleagues collectively abused “alcohol, cocaine, mushrooms, Special-K, heroin.”The Very Rich Should Divorce Very Quietly
November 6, 2014
Just last week, it was reported that the 44-year-old Hunter was discharged from the Navy after testing positive for cocaine.Where There’s Trouble, You’ll Usually Find Joe Biden
October 21, 2014
The worst of it is that the introduction of the cocaine into my eyes has been of no avail.Cleo The Magnificent
There is also some evidence of an increase in the use of drugs, cocaine and the like.The Negro Farmer
At last he took four grains of cocaine and put in sixteen drops of water.
I suggested to him to sleep and to take food and to reduce the cocaine dose by a fourth.
He did not connect the fear at all with his misuse of cocaine.
- an addictive narcotic drug derived from coca leaves or synthesized, used medicinally as a topical anaesthetic. Formula: C 17 H 21 NO 4
Word Origin and History for cocaine
1874, from Modern Latin cocaine (1856), coined by Albert Niemann of Gottingen University from coca (from Quechua cuca) + chemical suffix -ine (2). A medical coinage, the drug was used 1870s as a local anaesthetic for eye surgery, etc. "It is interesting to note that although cocaine is pronounced as a disyllabic word it is trisyllabic in its formation." [Flood]
- A colorless or white crystalline alkaloid extracted from coca leaves, sometimes used as a local anesthetic, especially for the eyes, nose, or throat, and widely used as an illicit drug for its euphoric and stimulating effects.
- A colorless or white crystalline alkaloid extracted from coca leaves. Cocaine is sometimes used in medicine as a local anesthetic, especially for the eyes, nose, or throat. It is also widely used as an illicit drug for its euphoric and stimulating effects. Chemical formula: C17H21NO4.