codeine

[ koh-deen ]
/ ˈkoʊ din /

noun Pharmacology.

a white, crystalline, slightly bitter alkaloid, C18H21NO3, obtained from opium, used in medicine chiefly as an analgesic or sedative and to inhibit coughing.

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Also co·de·ia [koh-dee-uh], /koʊˈdi ə/, co·de·i·na [koh-dee-ee-nuh]. /ˌkoʊ diˈi nə/.

Origin of codeine

1830–40; <Greek kṓde(ia) head, poppy-head + -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for codeine

codeine
/ (ˈkəʊdiːn) /

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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Medical definitions for codeine

codeine
[ kōdēn′ ]

n.

An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used as a cough suppressant, analgesic, and hypnotic.methylmorphine
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Scientific definitions for codeine

codeine
[ kōdēn′ ]

An alkaloid narcotic derived from opium or morphine and used primarily as an analgesic and a cough suppressant. Chemical formula: C18H21NO3.
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Cultural definitions for codeine

codeine
[ (koh-deen) ]

A drug obtained from opium or morphine that is used as a pain reliever and cough remedy.

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