- any substance recognized in the official pharmacopoeia or formulary of the nation.
- any substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals.
- any article, other than food, intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals.
- any substance intended for use as a component of such a drug, but not a device or a part of a device.
- chemical substances prepared and sold as pharmaceutical items, either by prescription or over the counter.
- personal hygienic items sold in a drugstore, as toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
verb (used with object), drugged, drug·ging.
Origin of drug1
verb Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. Nonstandard.
Origin of Drug
Related Words for drugspharmaceutical, prescription, poison, narcotic, remedy, cure, medicine, pill, stimulant, medicate, dope, sedate, tonic, potion, sedative, opiate, essence, medicament, depressant, physic
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Contemporary Examples of drugs
Nestled in the hills are small market towns like Buleda, dominated by Baluch who make a living smuggling diesel and drugs.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
New York State is going paperless, at least when it comes to drugs.
This not only defrauds the state out of thousands of dollars, but also deprives the patient who needs the drugs.
The money that drugs generate is their way to achieve the American Dream in a sort of twisted Scarface-type of fashion.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
In March 1971, he starred in the TV special Bill Cosby Talks With Children About Drugs.When Bill Cosby N-Bombed the Congressional Black Caucus
December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of drugs
He said, immediately, that he wanted me to get him some of two sorts of drugs.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
We may add to this commerce some drugs, used in medicine and dying.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
She was on her feet in an instant, bending over him ready to administer the drugs Doc.The Night Riders
There is also some evidence of an increase in the use of drugs, cocaine and the like.The Negro Farmer
Thus his list of drugs is small but several known to him are still used by us.The Legacy of Greece
verb drugs, drugging or drugged (tr)
Word Origin for drug
"narcotics, opiates, etc.," 1883, from drug (n.).
late 14c. (early 14c. in Anglo-French), "medicine, chemical ingredients," from Old French droge "supply, stock, provision" (14c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German droge-vate "dry barrels," or droge waere, literally "dry wares," but specifically drugs and spices, with first element mistaken as word for the contents (see dry goods), or because medicines mostly consisted of dried herbs.
Cf. Latin species, in Late Latin "wares," then specialized to "spices" (French épice, English spice). The same source produced Italian and Spanish droga, Swedish drog.
Application to "narcotics and opiates" is late 19c., though association with "poisons" is 1500s. Druggie first recorded 1968. To be a drug on or in the market (mid-17c.) is of doubtful connection and may be a different word, perhaps a play on drag, which was sometimes drug c.1240-1800.
c.1600, from drug (n.). Related: drugged; drugging.