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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Wendy Williams opened up on Tuesday's show about her past addiction battle with cocaine and revealed she's been living in a sober house. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tamron Hall and Others Rally Around Wendy Williams After She Announces She's Living in a Sober House," 19 Mar. 2019 By that point, alcohol was no longer my solo substance of choice and was almost always accompanied by cocaine or some other kind of upper. Carly Benson, SELF, "7 Important Tips for Traveling While Sober and Having an Even Better Time," 14 Feb. 2019 Binge drinking is down, adolescents are using drugs like cocaine and MDMA at historically low levels, and, despite the ongoing opioid epidemic, less than 1 percent of high school seniors use heroin. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Teens are turning away from cigarettes and alcohol and toward vaping," 17 Dec. 2018 As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company's cocaine-snorting CEO (Armie Hammer), who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams. Detroit Free Press, "New movies: 'Skyscraper,' 'Hotel Transylvania 3'," 11 July 2018 The same day, Vrana also pleaded guilty to selling cocaine to Couillard's two friends at the same time. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis man get 6 years in prison for selling heroin that killed 20-year-old," 11 July 2018 James Pedroza, a student pilot aboard a plane that crashed onto a Scottsdale golf course on April 9, killing all six on board, had cocaine in his system, according to the the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Scottsdale plane crash: Student pilot had cocaine in his system, report finds," 27 June 2018 While searching Lerman, deputies also found two baggies of cocaine inside his shorts pockets, according to the affidavit. Sara Nealeigh, miamiherald, "A Florida man was caught driving over 100 mph. That wasn't his only trouble, cops say," 26 June 2018 Kilos of cocaine were driven across the border in cargo trucks, hidden inside jalapeño cans and shoeboxes. Katie Honan, WSJ, "U.S. Jury Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ After Three-Month Trial," 12 Feb. 2019

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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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