cocaine

noun
co·​caine | \ kō-ˈkān How to pronounce cocaine (audio) , ˈkō-ˌkān\

Definition of cocaine

: a bitter crystalline alkaloid C17H21NO4 obtained from coca leaves that is used especially in the form of its hydrochloride medically as a topical anesthetic and illicitly for its euphoric effects and that may result in a compulsive psychological need

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McGowan has maintained the cocaine isn't hers, suggesting in court papers that the drugs were planted at the behest of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Rose McGowan indicted on cocaine charge in Virginia," 12 June 2018 Meanwhile, cannabis containing THC is stuck in Schedule I, the government designation for drugs that have no medical value and a high capacity for abuse, alongside heroin and cocaine. Amber Senter, Marie Claire, "We Have to Acknowledge That CBD Use Is a Privilege," 11 Apr. 2019 It is often mixed with heroin or cocaine with or without the user’s knowledge. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "China's fentanyl exports targeted in bipartisan opioid bill," 24 Sep. 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last year that fentanyl can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and it is often mixed with heroin or cocaine. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Couple behind “prolific” dark net fentanyl sales busted by DOJ," 22 Aug. 2018 The negative health consequences of marijuana have been found to be lower than those associated with alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs including heroin and cocaine. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Legalizing weed is the right move for New York, the state’s health department says," 13 July 2018 Carvajal also allegedly provided weapons to armed FARC guerrillas in Colombia, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, and helped fund the group’s activities by facilitating shipments of large amounts of U.S.-bound cocaine through Venezuela. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant," 13 Apr. 2019 Getty ImagesSunset Boulevard The 1980s were a bad time for a lot of things—cocaine abuse, corruption at financial institutions, leg-warmers—but one thing this decade did very well was horror. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 23 Oct. 2018 Authorities believed that this truck and its occupants were involved in smuggling cocaine. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Feds to judge: We still think we can put GPS trackers on cars entering US," 6 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cocaine

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cocaine was in 1860

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cocaine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cocaine

: a powerful drug that is used in medicine to stop pain or is taken illegally for pleasure

cocaine

noun
co·​caine | \ kō-ˈkān How to pronounce cocaine (audio) \

Kids Definition of cocaine

: a habit-forming drug obtained from the leaves of a South American shrub and sometimes used as a medicine to deaden pain

cocaine

noun
co·​caine | \ kō-ˈkān, ˈkō-ˌ How to pronounce cocaine (audio) \

Medical Definition of cocaine

: a bitter crystalline alkaloid C17H21NO4 obtained from coca leaves that is used medically especially in the form of its hydrochloride C17H21NO4·HCl as a topical anesthetic and illicitly for its euphoric effects and that may result in a compulsive psychological need

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