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 The shipments contained at least 142 oxycodone tablets, 70 alprazolam tablets, 140 lorazepam tablets, 56 diazepam tablets and 56 Tylenol with codeine tablets. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Nov. 2021 There are also dozens of other combination products containing codeine, such as Robitussin. Sarah Fielding,, 17 Nov. 2021 The album takes its title from Higgins’ own struggles with mental health and addiction; the rapper died Dec. 8, 2019 following an accidental overdose caused by oxycodone and codeine toxicity. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2021 Opioids include prescription medications like oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), morphine, and codeine, as well as fentanyl and tramadol, which are synthetic opioid pain relievers, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Sara Lindberg, SELF, 1 Nov. 2021 In 1970, the government classified cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug while other narcotics like fentanyl, cocaine, codeine, and Xanax were classified as drugs with higher medical value. David Cannady,, 23 Sep. 2021 Abraham-Joseph is accused of throwing out a bottle containing liquid that later tested positive for codeine, and a handgun was found inside the car, warrants allege. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 25 Sep. 2021 According to the warrant, a bottle thrown out of the vehicle 21 Savage was traveling in at the time of the arrest later tested positive for codeine. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 24 Sep. 2021 It should be treated as an opiate, such as codeine, and be made available only by prescription. WSJ, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of codeine

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for codeine

French codéine, from Greek kōdeia poppyhead

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The first known use of codeine was in 1833

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codehydrogenase II



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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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