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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Recent Examples on the Web Others used relatively weak opioids such as codeine to step back from heroin or fentanyl. Doug Johnson, Quartz, "Researchers are turning to Reddit drug forums to tackle the opioid crisis," 3 Nov. 2019 Davis is charged with conspiracy to distribute promethazine hydrochloride with codeine phosphate — better known as cough syrup with codeine — as well as marijuana. Phil Davis,, "Baltimore man charged with killing 34-year-old during 2018 Curtis Bay carjacking," 22 Sep. 2019 The officer allegedly found him in possession of promethazine with codeine syrup as well. Jennifer James Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood man accused of stealing school bus," 6 Sep. 2019 In his book, Ross, 43, opens up about abusing codeine — a prescription opioid medication used for cough and pain relief. Janine Rubenstein,, "Rick Ross's New Memoir Reveals Rapper Suffered Seizure So Severe He Defecated in Bed with a Woman," 3 Sep. 2019 Canadians and Swedes were also far more likely to get codeine or tramadol — painkillers that rely on a different mechanism in the body and are considered weaker types of opioids. Julie Appleby,, "Study finds international differences in filling opioid prescriptions," 11 Sep. 2019 The program is accepting prescribed opioid medication such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, tramadol, codeine, fentanyl, morphine and hydromorphone. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "HCA Houston locations to ‘Crush the Crisis’ with opioid take-back day," 12 Sep. 2019 The commissioner's office said during the last five years only 12 of 78,000 tests were positive for substances classified as opioids and opiates, a group that includes oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl. CBS News, "MLB and player's union to discuss opioid testing after Tyler Skaggs death," 7 Sep. 2019 The opioid codeine, which used to be available over the counter, was restricted to prescription-only in 2018. Kristen Gelineau,, "Opioid crisis goes global as Australia fails to heed the lessons of the United States," 5 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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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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