- a white, crystalline, narcotic powder, C21H23NO5, derived from morphine, formerly used as an analgesic and sedative: manufacture and importation of heroin are now controlled by federal law in the U.S. because of the danger of addiction.
Origin of heroin
Examples from the Web for heroin
The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.BBC Reporter Gets High On The Job
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 23, 2014
Like many rock stars of the time, Ramone lived there on-and-off for a time; he even detoxed from heroin there once.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
It remains a Schedule I narcotic to this day, considered as dangerous and addictive by the federal government as heroin and MDMA.Pot-Smoking Grannies, Jimmy Fallon Covers U2, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
November 23, 2014
The journey ends with Cooke discovering Joplin in her hotel room after she has overdosed on heroin.
That star would all too famously implode with her tragic death from a heroin overdose at a mere 27 years of age.
At this writing the most harmful form of opiate with which we have to deal is heroin.Habits that Handicap
Charles B. Towns
Heroin in doses of from 1/24th to 1/12th grain is often of service.Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Heroin hydrochloride has been tried in their place, but this seems to have more power over slight than over severe cases.
Another is a society woman who was given a dose of heroin and that one dose proved sufficient for her undoing.Heart and Soul
Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
At the beginning of my Administration there were over a half million heroin addicts in the United States.
- a white odourless bitter-tasting crystalline powder related to morphine: a highly addictive narcotic. Formula: C 21 H 23 NO 5Technical names: diamorphine, diacetylmorphine
Word Origin and History for heroin
1898, from German Heroin, coined 1898 as trademark registered by Friedrich Bayer & Co. for their morphine substitute, traditionally from Greek heros (see hero (n.1)) because of the euphoric feeling the drug provides, but no evidence for this seems to have been found so far.
A new hypnotic, to which the name of "heroin" has been given, has been tried in the medical clinic of Professor Gerhardt in Berlin. ["The Lancet," Dec. 3, 1898]
- A white, bitter, crystalline compound that is derived from morphine and is a highly addictive narcotic.diacetylmorphine
- A white, odorless, bitter crystalline compound, C17H17NO(C2H3O2)2, that is derived from morphine and is a highly addictive narcotic.