[ lawd-n-uh m, lawd-nuh m ]
/ ˈlɔd n əm, ˈlɔd nəm /


a tincture of opium.
Obsolete. any preparation in which opium is the chief ingredient.

Origin of laudanum

1595–1605; orig. Medieval Latin variant of ladanum; arbitrarily used by Paracelsus to name a remedy based on opium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for laudanum


/ (ˈlɔːdənəm) /


a tincture of opium
(formerly) any medicine of which opium was the main ingredient

Word Origin for laudanum

C16: New Latin, name chosen by Paracelsus for a preparation probably containing opium, perhaps based on labdanum
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Medicine definitions for laudanum


[ lôdn-əm ]


A tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug.
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