codeine

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noun co·deine \ ˈkō-ˌdēn \

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

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Origin and Etymology of codeine

French codéine, from Greek kōdeia poppyhead


CODEINE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of codeine for English Language Learners

  • : a drug used to reduce pain


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codeine

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noun co·deine \ ˈkō-ˌdēn, ˈkōd-ē-ən \

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 ReportsFebruary l983


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