morphine

[ mawr-feen ]
/ ˈmɔr fin /

noun Pharmacology.

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.
Also mor·phi·a [mawr-fee-uh] /ˈmɔr fi ə/.

Origin of morphine

From the German word Morphin, dating back to 1820–30. See Morpheus, -ine2

Related forms

mor·phin·ic [mawr-fin-ik] /mɔrˈfɪn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for morphine

morphine

morphia (ˈmɔːfɪə)

/ (ˈmɔːfiːn) /

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 Morpheus
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Medicine definitions for morphine

morphine

[ môrfēn′ ]

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 morphine

morphine

[ môrfēn′ ]

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 morphine

morphine

[ (mawr-feen) ]

An addictive drug derived from opium that is used as an analgesic and sedative.

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