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 Federal prosecutors said a search of Francisco Franceschini’s home in April 2021 turned up a loaded 9mm handgun, a loaded .380 caliber handgun, and approximately 44 grams of crack cocaine. Edmund H. Mahony, Hartford Courant, 27 July 2022 Officers found a backpack containing a scale and 45.9 grams of cocaine, as well as a 9mm pistol on a hotel room table. Camilo Fonseca, BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2022 According to his indictment, the cartel leader helped traffic drugs into the United States multiple times between 2015 and 2016, including thousands of kilograms of cocaine as well as various amounts of methamphetamines, marijuana and heroin. New York Times, 15 July 2022 The former realtor, whose last name is not revealed for privacy concerns, was apprehended by law enforcement for having 33 kilos of cocaine in his vehicle and was sentenced to 18 years. Callum Wilson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2022 One employee’s job was to cut even lines of cocaine, as many as 40 at a time. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 In 1994, under the inequitable federal sentencing guidelines, Aikens was sentenced to more than 20 years for possession with intent to sell 50 grams of crack cocaine. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 14 July 2022 Officials in Laredo, Texas, seized over $600,000 worth of cocaine in a single bust, U.S Customs and Border Patrol said Tuesday. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 12 July 2022 Prosecutor Ernestina Godoy said Maatman was found to have a pistol and several doses of cocaine in his possession. Mark Stevenson, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cocaine

1860, in the meaning defined above

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4 Aug 2022

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“Cocaine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cocaine. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for cocaine

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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