cocaine

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noun co·caine \ kō-ˈkān , ˈkō-ˌ \

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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First Known Use of cocaine

1860


COCAINE Defined for English Language Learners

cocaine

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Definition of cocaine for English Language Learners

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


COCAINE Defined for Kids

cocaine

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noun co·caine \ kō-ˈkān \

Definition of cocaine for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

cocaine

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noun co·caine \ kō-ˈkān, ˈkō-ˌ \

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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