hydrocodone

noun

hy·​dro·​co·​done ˌhī-drō-ˈkō-ˌdōn How to pronounce hydrocodone (audio)
: a habit-forming compound that is derived from codeine and is administered in the form of its bitartrate C18H21NO3·C4H6O6 usually in combination with other drugs (as acetaminophen) as an analgesic or cough suppressant

Examples of hydrocodone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, Norco is made as a combination drug because hydrocodone works better when combined with acetaminophen. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 2 Feb. 2024 In the following five years, the three companies’ shares fell to 57 percent of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills as the supply chain diversified. Kevin Schaul, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 Testing showed that 9 in 10 pills sold as Adderall, six in 10 pills sold as oxycodone, and 7 in 10 pills sold as hydrocodone were fake. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2023 Story continues below advertisement The Post’s data and interactive maps illustrate how much hydrocodone and oxycodone went to individual states and counties, and which companies and distributors were responsible. Kevin Schaul, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 Pills sold as Adderall proved consistently unreliable across the country, but the odds of a tablet sold by a pharmacy as oxycodone or hydrocodone being a dangerous fake varied from city to city. Connor Sheets, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2023 In Hamilton County, Ohio, home to Cincinnati, records show enough hydrocodone and oxycodone pills were shipped to provide every resident with 51 pills in 2011. David Ovalle, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2023 When the database was first released four years ago, the records provided an unprecedented look at the volume of pain pills flooding the nation: Between 2006 and 2012, companies distributed more than 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills. David Ovalle, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 In searching a small backpack on the driver's floorboard, Stockwell found a hydrocodone pill, 0.4 grams. Arkansas Online, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydrocodone was in 1964

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“Hydrocodone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrocodone. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

hydrocodone

noun
hy·​dro·​co·​done ˌhī-drō-ˈkō-ˌdōn How to pronounce hydrocodone (audio)
: a habit-forming compound derived from codeine and administered in the form of its bitartrate C18H21NO3·C4H6O6 usually in combination with other drugs (as acetaminophen) as an analgesic or cough sedative

called also dihydrocodeinone

see hycodan, vicodin
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