cocaine

[koh-keyn, koh-keyn]

noun Pharmacology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. cobwebby,
  2. cobwebs,
  3. coca,
  4. coca-cola,
  5. coca-colonize,
  6. cocainism,
  7. cocainize,
  8. cocarcinogen,
  9. cocci,
  10. coccid

Origin of cocaine

First recorded in 1870–75; coca + -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for cocaine

cocaine

cocain

noun

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 for cocaine

C19: from coca + -ine 1

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Word Origin and History for cocaine

cocaine

n.

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]

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Medicine definitions for cocaine

cocaine

[kō-kān, kōkān′]

n.

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.

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Science definitions for cocaine

cocaine

[kō-kān]

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.
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Culture definitions for cocaine

cocaine

A drug derived from the leaves of a shrub in South America that has an intoxicating effect on the body and can result in dependency if frequently used. Cocaine is used medically as a local anesthetic.

Note

Cocaine use constitutes a major drug problem in the United States.

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