EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Pharmacology a white, crystalline, slightly bitter alkaloid, C 18H 21NO 3, obtained from opium, used in medicine chiefly as an analgesic or sedative and to inhibit coughing.
co·de·ia [koh- dee- uh] /koʊˈdi ə/
co·de·i·na [koh-dee- ee-n uh] /ˌkoʊ diˈi nə/
Origin of codeine 1830–40;
) head, poppy-head +
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Examples from the Web for codeia Historical Examples of codeia Codeia, one of the alkaloids of opium, is strongly recommended by Tyson. Codeia often produces less disturbance than opium or morphine. Codeia is left in solution, and is obtained in octahedral crystals by spontaneous evaporation.
The commercial muriate of morphia frequently contains 3% to 4% of
No drugs are more potent to this end than opium and its derivatives, and in particular morphia and
codeia. British Dictionary definitions for codeia noun a white crystalline alkaloid prepared mainly from morphine and having a similar but milder action. It is used as an analgesic, an antidiarrhoeal, and to relieve coughing. Formula: C 18 H 21 NO 3 Word Origin for codeine
C19: from Greek
kōdeia head of a poppy, from kōos hollow place + -ine ²
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Word Origin and History for codeia n.
alkaloid present in opium, 1838, from French
codéine, coined, with chemical suffix -ine (2), from Greek kodeia "poppy head," related to kooz "prison," literally "hollow place;" kodon "bell, mouth of a trumpet;" koilos "hollow," from PIE root *kel- (see cell). Originally codeina; modern form is from 1881.
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Medicine definitions for codeia n. An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used as a cough suppressant, analgesic, and hypnotic. methylmorphine
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Science definitions for codeia An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used primarily as an analgesic and a cough suppressant. Chemical formula: C 18H 21NO 3.
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Culture definitions for codeia
A drug obtained from
opium or morphine that is used as a pain reliever and cough remedy.
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