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heroin

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noun her·o·in \ˈher-ə-wən, ˈhe-rə-\

Simple Definition of heroin

  • : a powerful illegal drug that is made from morphine

Full Definition of heroin

  1. :  a strongly physiologically addictive narcotic C21H23NO5 that is made by acetylation of but is more potent than morphine and that is prohibited for medical use in the United States but is used illicitly for its euphoric effects

her·o·in·ism play \-wə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Origin of heroin

from Heroin, a trademark


First Known Use: 1898


Medical Dictionary

heroin

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noun her·o·in \ˈher-ə-wən\

Medical Definition of heroin

  1. :  a strongly physiologically addictive narcotic C21H23NO5 that is made by acetylation of but is more potent than morphine and that is prohibited for medical use in the United States but is used illicitly for its euphoric effects—called also acetomorphine, diacetylmorphine, diamorphine





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