a white, crystalline, slightly bitter alkaloid, C18H21NO3, obtained from opium, used in medicine chiefly as an analgesic or sedative and to inhibit coughing.
- Also co·de·ia [koh-dee-uh], /koʊˈdi ə/, co·de·i·na [koh-dee-ee-nuh]. /ˌkoʊ diˈi nə/.
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How to use codeine in a sentence
Parker, who is 34, was transported to the hospital in an ambulance and was given a week’s worth of the opiate codeine as part of his treatment.
“Well, it’s codeine,” the doctor replied, according to Parker.
Some metabolize codeine quite poorly and have inadequate pain control as a result.
codeine should not have been prescribed for these patients because its metabolism in children varies widely from person to person.
Hundreds of thousands of kids were given codeine during ER visits from 2001 to 2010, despite warnings of its danger.
Because of the wide variability in codeine metabolism, its use as a cough suppressant is not recommended.
“Junk,” we learn, refers to opium and its derivatives: morphine, heroin, pantopon, Dilaudid, codeine.American Dreams, 1953: ‘Junky’ by William S. Burroughs | Nathaniel Rich | June 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 1832 Robiquet discovered codeine; and in 1833 atropine, aconitine, and hyoscyamine were distinguished by Geiger and Hesse.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection | Alexander Wynter Blyth
Other salts of codeine are not described because used substantially as the above.Merck's 1899 Manual | Merck & Co.
Morphine is the chief active principle, and codeine and heroin are the chief derivatives of morphine.Habits that Handicap | Charles B. Towns
codeine is one eighth the strength of morphine; heroin is three times as strong as morphine.Habits that Handicap | Charles B. Towns
codeine is a mild hypnotic which may be used in doses about twice as large as those of morphine.Insomnia; and Other Disorders of Sleep | Henry M. Lyman
British Dictionary definitions for codeine
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
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Scientific definitions for codeine
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
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