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freebase

verb free·base \ ˈfrē-ˌbās \
|Updated on: 27 May 2018

Definition of freebase

freebased; freebasing; freebases
: to prepare or use freebase cocaine
: to prepare or use (cocaine) as freebase

freebaser

noun

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First Known Use of freebase

1980

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freebase

noun

Definition of freebase

: a purified solid form of cocaine (such as crack) that is obtained by treating the powdered hydrochloride of cocaine with an alkaloid base (such as sodium bicarbonate) and that can be smoked or heated to produce vapors for inhalation; specifically : a form derived from treatment of the hydrochloride of cocaine with ammonia or similar alkaloid solution followed by extraction with a solvent (such as ether)

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First Known Use of freebase

1979

in the meaning defined above

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FREEBASE Defined for English Language Learners

freebase

Definition of freebase for English Language Learners

  • : a form of cocaine that can be smoked


Medical Dictionary

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freebase

verb free·base \ ˈfrē-ˌbās \

medical Definition of freebase

freebased; freebasing
: to prepare or use freebase cocaine
: to prepare or use (cocaine) as freebase

freebaser

play \-ər\ noun

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freebase

noun

medical Definition of freebase

: purified solid cocaine (as crack) in a form that is obtained by treating the powdered hydrochloride of cocaine with an alkaloid base (as sodium bicarbonate) and that can be smoked or heated to produce vapors for inhalation; specifically : cocaine derived from its hydrochloride by treatment with ammonia or a similar alkaloid solution followed by extraction with a solvent (as ether)

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