opioid

[ oh-pee-oid ]
/ ˈoʊ piˌɔɪd /
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noun Biochemistry, Pharmacology.

any opiumlike substance.
any of a group of natural substances, as the endorphins, produced by the body in increased amounts in response to stress and pain.
any of several synthetic compounds, as methadone, having effects similar to natural opium alkaloids and their derivatives.

adjective

pertaining to such a substance.

Nearby words

  1. opinion poll,
  2. opinionate,
  3. opinionated,
  4. opinionative,
  5. opinioned,
  6. opioid epidemic,
  7. opiomelanocortin,
  8. opisthenar,
  9. opisthion,
  10. opistho-

Origin of opioid

First recorded in 1955–60; opi(um) + -oid

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British Dictionary definitions for opioid

opioid

/ (ˈəʊpɪˌɔɪd) /

noun

  1. any of a group of substances that resemble morphine in their physiological or pharmacological effects, esp in their pain-relieving properties
  2. (modifier)of or relating to such substancesopioid receptor; opioid analgesic
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Word Origin and History for opioid

opioid

n.

1957, from opium + -oid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for opioid

opioid

[ ōpē-oid′ ]

n.

opiate

adj.

Opiate.
Related formsopi•oid′ adj.


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