cough syrup


Definition of cough syrup

: any of various sweet usually medicated liquids used to relieve coughing

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Many taste like confections made according to some recipe; some taste like candy or cough syrup, anything but pinot noir. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This delightful French rosé comes from a seasoned winemaker and is just $12," 16 Aug. 2019 From the car, patrol officers seized six guns, three of them assault-style rifles, plus the cash, suspected marijuana oil and several bottles of powerful codeine cough syrup without a valid prescription. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'We got bills to pay, sweetie.' Cops forced to return stripper's $19,934 in cash," 6 July 2018 One of the suspects held a gun to the back of an employee’s head, while the robbers took cash and prescription cough syrup. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Man guilty in pharmacy robbery where friend was killed by police," 28 June 2018 According to a complaint by the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Carpenter Pharmacy was one of the state's top dispensers of high dose oxycodone, high dose oxymorphone and promethazine with codeine cough syrup. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Hamtramck pharmacy in trouble for dispensing too many opioids," 15 June 2018 Codeine is an addictive opioid that is often prescribed to treat pain and is mixed in with some cough syrups. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Nigeria bans codeine cough syrup to stop an addiction epidemic. But something worse could take its place.," 4 May 2018 Get senior designer Alaina Sullivan's recipe for homemade, all-natural cough syrup, here. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "The Healthyish Guide to Feeling Better Already," 7 Mar. 2018 In 2016, 311 people died from opioids, a category that includes everything from the codeine in some cough syrups and super-potent fentanyl to heroin and prescription oxycodone. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County fights Big Pharma efforts to move opioid lawsuit to Ohio," 27 Feb. 2018 At Denver Health, methadone the color of pink cough syrup flows from a tank, through a clear tube and into plastic cups, the dosage calibrated for each person. Jennifer Brown, The Seattle Times, "Methadone clinics in Colorado have doubled in 3 years," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cough syrup

1808, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cough syrup was in 1808

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English Language Learners Definition of cough syrup

: a usually sweet liquid that contains medicine used to stop coughing

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Medical Definition of cough syrup

: any of various sweet usually medicated liquids used to relieve coughing

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