cocaine

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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The man claimed to be looking for a different address, then offered to sell the resident cocaine, police told KRON. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "He woke to find a stranger in his home. The man offered to sell him cocaine, cops say," 5 July 2018 Hospitalized in 2000 and again in '04 for heart problems blamed on cocaine, Maradona was treated at a hospital again in 2007 for acute hepatitis that his doctor blamed on excessive drinking and eating. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Argentina's No. 1 fan, Diego Maradona 'fine' after being treated by doctor at World Cup," 27 June 2018 Regarding high-risk substance use, the percentage of high school students who reported ever using certain illicit drugs -- cocaine, inhalants, heroin, meth, hallucinogens or ecstasy -- fell from 22.6% in 2007 to 14% in 2017. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Fewer teens having sex and using drugs, CDC survey finds," 14 June 2018 Jalisco New Generation is believed to primarily traffic methamphetamine while also selling cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Mexican authorities arrest wife of drug kingpin," 27 May 2018 Three men are accused of selling cocaine, heroin and crack after large quantities of drugs, money and guns were found at a home in the 1800 block of North Prieur Street as a result of a months-long sting, according to court documents. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "3 men accused of selling cocaine, heroin and crack out of 7th Ward home: warrant," 23 May 2018 Canwell also was charged with possession of crack cocaine. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Norwich Police Arrest 3 In Drug Bust," 12 July 2018 Tanner was convicted in 2006 of leading the Renegades, a local gang that trafficked thousands of pounds of crack cocaine and marijuana. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Gary boxer convicted of leading gang was denied clemency by Obama, now seeks release under Trump," 6 July 2018 In an interview with detectives, Frye admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking crack cocaine that night, according to the complaint. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man charged with drunk or drugged driving in single-car crash that injured 2 after Summerfest," 3 July 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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