- a white, bitter, crystalline alkaloid, C17H19NO3⋅H2O, 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.
Origin of morphine
Examples from the Web for morphine
All the junkies try to transfer to them, for the abundance of morphine.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Strong pain medications such as morphine and ketamine did not help.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
The effects of the morphine “could take four hours, it could take 12 hours.”Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
The Queen's bloodstock adviser indicated in a statement that this is the suspected source of the morphine.Queen's Horse Tests Positive For Morphine
July 22, 2014
Once he got accustomed to his morphine dosages, his feelings of guilt kept him from falling asleep.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
The morphine had claimed him, and it brought a pleasant dream.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
The morphine injection and the Roentgen rays are by far more dangerous.Psychotherapy
I've given him some morphine, but he'll be coming out of it soon.
Sara was suffering so frightfully after his trip that he took his morphine.
The coroner's physician has found that they show traces of morphine.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
- 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 and History for morphine
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.
- 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
- A highly addictive drug derived from opium and used to treat intractable pain, as in severe injury or metastatic cancer.