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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He was suspended from baseball for part of the 1994 season and all of the 1995 season after testing positive for cocaine. Washington Post, "Ex-pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession," 12 July 2019 The Coast Guard has put increased resources in the eastern Pacific, which has become the favored route for cocaine that is sourced in South and Central America. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pence praises Coast Guard drug seizure efforts and criticizes immigration system during San Diego visit," 12 July 2019 Although government sources have highlighted Honduran cooperation with the US in combating drug trafficking, a CNN investigation found that the country is a major transit point for Colombian cocaine trafficked through Venezuela. Jack Guy, CNN, "Why Hondurans are taking to the streets or leaving the country," 6 July 2019 Brazil is currently one of the largest consumer markets for cocaine. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Cocaine plane detained in Spain," 28 June 2019 And in those bags were 125 bricks of a white powdery substance that field tested for cocaine. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Shipment of beach chairs turns out to be $10 million in cocaine," 25 June 2019 That year, Congress instituted mandatory minimum sentences for crack that were 100 times harsher than those for powdered cocaine. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "The FIRST STEP Act Resulted In 1,151 Crack Sentence Reductions, and That’s Great," 13 June 2019 Silva Rodrigues allegedly smuggled the cocaine into the backup plane that was traveling with the president to the G20 summit in Osaka. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Cocaine plane detained in Spain," 28 June 2019 Among the witnesses was Dr. Robert Byck, a Yale psychiatry professor and a leading expert on cocaine. New York Times, "‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration," 25 June 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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