Biochemistry, Pharmacology. a drug containing opium or its derivatives, used in medicine for inducing sleep and relieving pain: The opium poppy yields morphine, codeine, and other opiates.
Biochemistry, Pharmacology. any sedative, soporific, or narcotic: Back then, the country physician would concoct all sorts of opiates in a crude kitchen laboratory.
anything that causes dullness or inaction or that soothes the feelings: His favorite opiate seems to be a six-pack in front of the TV.
Biochemistry, Pharmacology. mixed or prepared with opium: Some opiate substances, such as thebaine, may be more toxic than narcotic.
Biochemistry, Pharmacology. inducing sleep; soporific; narcotic: Subjects were given a variety of opiate teas over the course of a four-week study.
causing dullness or inaction: The opiate effects of their droning reprimands were legendary.
to subject to an opiate; stupefy: The violent patients were routinely opiated.
to dull or deaden: This dreadful music is opiating my spirit.
- un·o·pi·at·ed, adjective
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How to use opiate in a sentence
Theranos claimed that it could perform a wildly large number of tests, such as measuring glucose levels and detecting different types of antibodies, or even marijuana and opiates.How the FDA unwittingly helped Theranos dupe America | Ana Santos Rutschman/The Conversation | October 5, 2021 | Popular-Science
Brundage’s husband started abusing his medications, especially his opiates, and getting extra pills from coworkers, which Brundage said she told the VA many times.
That’s why, the next month, after a cross-country move—when he went to an East Coast VA hospital for a pancreatic cancer screening and complained about his aching back—he was adamant that he not be given opiates.
Before the flight, he used heroin—and it was the last opiate he ever took.Inside Ibogaine, One of the Most Promising and Perilous Psychedelics for Addiction | Mandy Oaklander | April 5, 2021 | Time
So it was like Perc 30s and opiates that were someone’s prescription that we got.The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence” (Ep. 403) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 23, 2020 | Freakonomics
The three main types of medication for opiate withdrawal and recovery are methadone, buphrenorphine, and naltrexone.
The FDA approved Suboxone in 2002 to treat opiate addiction.This Anti-Heroin Drug Is Now King of the Jailhouse Drug Trade | Daniel Genis | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Although it is also used to control pain, it was created as a way to manage opiate addiction.This Anti-Heroin Drug Is Now King of the Jailhouse Drug Trade | Daniel Genis | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For one, despite evidence to their efficacy, many insurance plans will not cover the costs of opiate replacement therapies.
Without a complete overhaul of the opiate world, he worries it will continue.
The hours wore on toward night, and Nita slept under the influence of an opiate administered by the maid.They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
In spite of his groans and anguish, the old notary was insensible under the influence of an opiate.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
It is here used by Milton as the name of an opiate and it is now occasionally used as a general name for drugs that relieve pain.Milton's Comus | John Milton
He was evidently under the influence of a heavy opiate, for there was no sign of life, except the faint breathing.
What a marvelous opiate the ecclesiastics have been injecting into the minds of the masses!The Necessity of Atheism | Dr. D.M. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for opiate
any of various narcotic drugs, such as morphine and heroin, that act on opioid receptors
any other narcotic or sedative drug
something that soothes, deadens, or induces sleep
containing or consisting of opium
inducing relaxation; soporific
to treat with an opiate
to dull or deaden
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