co·​deine | \ ˈkō-ˌdēn How to pronounce codeine (audio) \

Definition of codeine

: a morphine derivative C18H21NO3·H2O that is found in opium, is weaker in action than morphine, and is used especially as an analgesic and antitussive

Examples of codeine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later toxicology reports identified levels of several pharmaceutical drugs, with codeine ten times the therapeutic level in his system. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of the Autopsy," 11 Nov. 2020 Juice, who was born Jarad Anthony Higgins, died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said in January. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Juice WRLD's posthumous album 'Legends Never Die' drops, leaving fans emotional," 10 July 2020 His cause of death was revealed in January, an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Halsey Debuts New Song with Late Juice WRLD and Hand Tattoo in His Memory: 'A True Genius'," 7 July 2020 Yet, despite the irony of its titular cliché, High Off Life finds Future still in the thrall of Adderall, codeine, and promethazine. Gary Suarez,, "Future stays in his narcotized comfort zone on High Off Life," 19 May 2020 Morphine and codeine may also cause allergic reactions in some people, where other types of opioids don’t. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Some drugs used to keep coronavirus patients on ventilators are in short supply," 30 Mar. 2020 The deputies found the firearm and amo, as well as 7 ounces of hydrocodone and 16 bottles of codeine inside a vehicle involved in the crash, said Harris County Sheriff's Office Patrol Night Watch Captain John Shannon in a tweet. Hannah Dellinger, Houston Chronicle, "After crash, deputies seize loaded AK-47, opioids," 14 Feb. 2020 One is that, during the research period, low-dose codeine was available over the counter in Canada. Julie Appleby,, "Study finds international differences in filling opioid prescriptions," 11 Sep. 2019 The study authors noted that, during the research period, low-dose codeine was available over the counter in Canada. Julie Appleby, Los Angeles Times, "How the prescriptions doctors wrote may have helped fuel the U.S. opioid crisis," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of codeine

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for codeine

French codéine, from Greek kōdeia poppyhead

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“Codeine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of codeine

: a drug used to reduce pain


co·​deine | \ ˈkō-ˌdēn, ˈkōd-ē-ən How to pronounce codeine (audio) \

Medical Definition of codeine

: a morphine derivative that is found in opium, is weaker in action than morphine, and is used chiefly in the form of its sulfate (C18H21NO3)2·H2SO4 or phosphate C18H21NO3·H3PO4 especially as a pain reliever and cough suppressant Although codeine is potentially addicting, it rarely causes physical dependence when taken orally for a short time.Consumer Reports, February l983

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