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 codeina Historical Examples of codeina British Dictionary definitions for codeina 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 codeina 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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n. An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used as a cough suppressant, analgesic, and hypnotic. methylmorphine
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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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A drug obtained from
opium or morphine that is used as a pain reliever and cough remedy.
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