[thee-buh-een, thi-bey-een, -in]
- a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble, poisonous alkaloid, C19H21NO3, present in opium in small quantities, but having a strychninelike rather than a narcotic effect.
Origin of thebaine
1890–95; < New Latin thēba(ia) opium of Thebes, Egypt (alteration of Latin Thēbaea, feminine of Thēbaeus Theban) + -ine2
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- a poisonous white crystalline alkaloid, found in opium but without opioid actions. Formula: C 19 H 21 NO 3Also called: paramorphine
C19: from New Latin thebaia opium of Thebes (with reference to Egypt as a chief source of opium) + -ine ²
- A poisonous crystalline alkaloid obtained from opium.paramorphine