morphine [ mawr-feen ] SHOW IPA / ˈmɔr fin / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Pharmacology a white, bitter, crystalline alkaloid, C 1 7H 1 9NO 3⋅H 2O, the most important narcotic and addictive principle of opium, obtained by extraction and crystallization and used chiefly in medicine as a pain reliever and sedative. Nearby words morphemics
mor·phi·a [ mawr-fee- uh] /ˈmɔr fi ə/
Origin of morphine
dating back to
-ine 2 Related forms mor·phin·ic , [mawr- fin-ik] /mɔrˈfɪn ɪk/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for morphia British Dictionary definitions for morphia morphine morphia ( ˈmɔːfɪə) noun an alkaloid extracted from opium: used in medicine as an analgesic and sedative, although repeated use causes addiction. Formula: C 17 H 19 NO 3 Word Origin for morphine
C19: from French, from
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Word Origin and History for morphia n.
chief alkaloid of opium, 1828, from French
morphine or German Morphin (1816), name coined by German apothecary Friedrich Sertürner (1783-1840) in reference to Latin Morpheus, Ovid's name for the god of dreams, from Greek morphe "form, shape, beauty, outward appearance," perhaps from PIE *merph-, a possible Greek root meaning "form," of unknown origin. So called because of the drug's sleep-inducing properties.
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Medicine definitions for morphia (1 of 2) Medicine definitions for morphia (2 of 2) n. A bitter crystalline alkaloid extracted from opium, the soluble salts of which are used in medicine as an analgesic, a light anesthetic, or a sedative. morphia
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Science definitions for morphia A highly addictive drug derived from opium and used to treat intractable pain, as in severe injury or metastatic cancer.
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Culture definitions for morphia
An addictive drug derived from
opium that is used as an analgesic and sedative.
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