heroin

noun
her·​o·​in | \ ˈher-ə-wən How to pronounce heroin (audio) , ˈhe-rə-\

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

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Other Words from heroin

heroinism \ ˈher-​ə-​wə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce heroinism (audio) , ˈhe-​rə-​ \ noun

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After years of struggling with painkiller and heroin use, buprenorphine helped her stop using. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 But now he's accompanied by, among others, an overdosing heroin addict, a woman beaten to death by her cop partner, and a woman who turned out to not really exist at all when the travelers discover her life story was a fabrication. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Get your binge on: Season 3 of sci-fi gem Travelers is out now," 14 Dec. 2018 Instead, Emily drowns Faith, who is now a heroin addict, and decides to fake her own death for the aforementioned insurance policy. Patti Greco, Glamour, "17 Bonkers Things Blake Lively Says and Does in Her New Movie A Simple Favor," 16 Sep. 2018 At the time, the 21-year-old defendant was a heroin addict fighting for his life, said his mother, LeeAnn Clark. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Lawmakers may ease rigid prison sentences, dating to Idaho’s war on drugs | Idaho Statesman," 7 Mar. 2018 In his second film, Al Pacino plays a heroin addict who turns his love (Kitty Winn) into a user in Jerry Schatzberg’s 1971 romance. Nick Schager, Esquire, "17 Must-See Movies Expiring From Netflix in March 2018," 26 Feb. 2018 In July of last year, Demi Lovato reportedly overdosed on heroin and was rushed to the hospital. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Reportedly Went to a Treatment Facility—but Not Because of a Relapse," 6 Mar. 2019 Her son, Corey Merrill, overdosed on heroin at 23 years old in 2011, just as the crisis was turning into catastrophe. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 Investigators with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office carry doses of Narcan, a drug that has saved countless addicts who have overdosed on heroin and fentanyl. Lawrence Mower, miamiherald, "Lawmakers set to approve massive opioid bill, but it could have been more | Miami Herald," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of heroin

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heroin

from Heroin, a trademark

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The first known use of heroin was in 1898

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heroin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heroin

: a powerful illegal drug that is made from morphine

heroin

noun
her·​o·​in | \ ˈher-ə-wən How to pronounce heroin (audio) \

Kids Definition of heroin

: a very harmful illegal drug that is highly addictive and is made from morphine

heroin

noun
her·​o·​in | \ ˈher-ə-wən How to pronounce heroin (audio) \

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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