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codeine

[ koh-deen ]
/ 藞ko蕣 din /
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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路de路ia [koh-dee-uh], /ko蕣藞di 蓹/, co路de路i路na [koh-dee-ee-nuh]. /藢ko蕣 di藞i n蓹/.

Origin of codeine

1830鈥40; <Greek k峁揹e(ia) head, poppy-head + -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for codeine

codeine
/ (藞k蓹蕣di藧n) /

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 k艒deia head of a poppy, from k艒os hollow place + -ine
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Medical definitions for codeine

codeine
[ k艒d膿n鈥 ]

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
[ k艒d膿n鈥 ]

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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