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

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Opioids like codeine are also notorious for causing constipation, Dr. Alan says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Rapper Bow Wow Says He ‘Almost Died’ After Developing an Addiction to Lean," 13 Sep. 2018 And whether the syrup was actually codeine was also unclear — Miami-Dade police never took the liquid to the forensics lab for testing. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'We got bills to pay, sweetie.' Cops forced to return stripper's $19,934 in cash," 6 July 2018 The rest were a combination of the opioid painkillers hydrocodone and codeine, and methylphenidate, a stimulant commonly known as Ritalin. Aubrey Whelan,, "Three Philly-area defendants charged in federal opioid crackdown," 28 June 2018 The autopsy also says Clark was legally drunk and had traces of marijuana, cocaine and codeine in his system when was shot, but the report said the toxicology findings are not directly relevant to the fatal shooting. Washington Post, "Autopsy by coroner sheds light on Sacramento police killing," 3 May 2018 Officers found 99 pints of codeine, worth $1,500 per pint, in the trunk, DPS said. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Officials: $150,000 worth of codeine seized in Pima County; 2 arrested," 13 July 2018 Police obtained a warrant to search the vehicle and found paperwork from a muffler store linking it to Davis-Johnson, a bag of marijuana, two bottles of codeine, men’s jewelry and $2,957. Stephen Hudak,, "Parents of UCF student sue sheriff, deputy, suspect for wrongful death in high-speed fatal crash," 25 June 2018 These painkillers included OxyContin, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Percocet and codeine. Karen Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. teens taking fewer risks with health, though drinking and unsafe sex still common," 14 June 2018 These painkillers included OxyContin, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Percocet and codeine. Karen Kaplan,, "U.S. teens are taking fewer risks with their health, though drinking and unsafe sex are still common," 14 June 2018

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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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The first known use of codeine was in 1850

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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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