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

Examples of cocaine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Military officials said that further down the highway troops found a pickup truck loaded with 13 sacks of cocaine weighing a total of about 850 pounds (390 kilograms). Fox News, "Suspected South American drug plane bursts into flames after illegal highway landing in Mexico," 7 July 2020 According to a criminal complaint, the officers removed the bricks of cocaine and replaced them with fake bricks. Sonia Moghe, CNN, "An American Airlines mechanic is accused of smuggling cocaine but his attorney says authorities got the wrong guy," 6 July 2020 The Las Vegas exonerees were convicted of possessing small amounts of cocaine between 2011 and 2013. Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica, "Since We Reported on Flawed Roadside Drug Tests, Five More Convictions Have Been Overturned," 1 July 2020 An autopsy found that high levels of cocaine and an underlying heart condition contributed to Mr. Ingram-Lopez’s death. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Race and Policing: Continuing Coverage," 26 June 2020 Some use cocaine, some use heroin and all kinds of things. Cori Murray, Essence, "Buju Banton Makes Triumphant Return With ‘Upside Down 2020’," 26 June 2020 The officers found the cocaine embedded in those areas. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Cocaine hidden in shower curtains and posters doesn't get past nose of Customs detector dog," 18 June 2020 One of the three told detectives that the group had gone to the home to buy cocaine, the affidavit says. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Police arrest murder suspect in South Dallas drug deal gone wrong," 18 June 2020 The Pima County Medical Examiner found that Ingram Lopez had a significant amount of cocaine in his system and suffered from a pre-existing heart condition. Bree Burkitt, The Arizona Republic, "Tucson in-custody death of Carlos Adrian Ingram Lopez: What we know," 25 June 2020

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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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10 Jul 2020

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“Cocaine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cocaine. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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cocaine

noun
How to pronounce cocaine (audio)

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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