Definition of heroin
: a strongly physiologically addictive narcotic C21H23NO5 that is made by acetylation of but is more potent than morphine and that is prohibited for medical use in the U.S. but is used illicitly for its euphoric effects
heroinismplay \ˈher-ə-wə-ˌni-zəm, ˈhe-rə-\ noun
Recent Examples of heroin from the Web
At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Nere had given Taylor heroin and cocaine late on the evening on June 28, 2012, while Taylor was at her mother's apartment in Wheaton.
There are also other factors putting stress on the drug traffickers, like the legalization of marijuana in some U.S. states, which destabilized drug profits and forced some organizations to rely heavily on heroin smuggling.
As his character spends more time in prison, Ahmed bulks up—and then trims down once his character starts using heroin.
On June 8, Maldonado agreed to go with the woman to purchase heroin, Assistant State's Attorney Craig Taczy said Friday.
CAMDEN, N.J.—Stuck on a waiting list for a prescription drug to help wean her off heroin, Diana Sherwood turned to the black market, buying the medication on the street for $20.
The IDEA Program opened in November in a neighborhood hardest hit by the epidemic of heroin and fentanyl ravaging the streets of Miami-Dade.
Of the deaths, more than 6 in 10 were due to opioids, from prescription pain relievers like oxycodone to street drugs like heroin and an elephant tranquilizer.
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Origin and Etymology of heroin
from Heroin, a trademark
First Known Use: 1898See Words from the same year
HEROIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heroin for English Language Learners
: a powerful illegal drug that is made from morphine
HEROIN Defined for Kids
Definition of heroin for Students
: a very harmful illegal drug that is highly addictive and is made from morphine
Medical Definition of heroin
: a strongly physiologically addictive narcotic C21H23NO5 that is made by acetylation of but is more potent than morphine and that is prohibited for medical use in the United States but is used illicitly for its euphoric effects—called also acetomorphine, diacetylmorphine, diamorphine
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