mor·​phine | \ ˈmȯr-ˌfēn How to pronounce morphine (audio) \

Definition of morphine

: a bitter crystalline addictive narcotic base C17H19NO3 that is the principal alkaloid of opium and is used in the form of a soluble salt (such as a hydrochloride or a sulfate) as an analgesic and sedative

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In her New Yorker Radio Hour interview, Clarke recalls sipping morphine in between the interviews. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke Almost Had to Leave Game of Thrones Because of Two Brain Aneurysms," 21 Mar. 2019 After years of anti-depressants, morphine patches, and other prescriptions, Dubliner Kevin Lappin transitioned to a vegan, anti-inflammatory diet to cope with fibromyalgia—and hasn’t looked back since. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 Give me the hardest, most challenging work; give me a morphine addict tearing her family apart. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Lesley Manville Crosses the Pond with Long Day's Journey Into Night," 7 May 2018 Specifically, states with medical cannabis laws saw 20.7% fewer morphine prescriptions and 17.4% fewer hydrocodone prescriptions compared with states that did not have these laws, according to Bradford. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Marijuana legalization could help offset opioid epidemic, studies find," 2 Apr. 2018 Police said Baker admitted to removing a bottle of morphine sulfate from her son's room before the ambulance crew and police arrived. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Police: Teen dies of overdose from drugs his mom — a Missouri nurse — says she stole | The Kansas City Star," 26 Mar. 2018 At Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, after labor stalled at three centimeters, the midwife recommended a low dose of Pitocin, along with morphine for pain. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Becky and Andrew Johnson-Lally of Mt. Airy," 9 Mar. 2018 The man was in possession of a prescription for morphine sulfate made out to another person. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man told police he drove on golf course to see how his car handled in the snow," 21 Feb. 2018 Watch below for pure joy/Jessa's recreational morphine habit: Also, this happened: Follow Marie Claire on Facebook for the latest celeb news, beauty tips, fascinating reads, livestream video, and more. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The Cast of 'Girls' Just Morphed into 'The Golden Girls'," 6 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of morphine

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morphine

French, from Morpheus

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The first known use of morphine was in 1817

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English Language Learners Definition of morphine

: a powerful drug made from opium that is used to reduce pain


mor·​phine | \ ˈmȯr-ˌfēn How to pronounce morphine (audio) \

Kids Definition of morphine

: a habit-forming drug made from opium and used to relieve pain


mor·​phine | \ ˈmȯr-ˌfēn How to pronounce morphine (audio) \

Medical Definition of morphine

: a bitter crystalline addictive narcotic base C17H19NO3 that is the principal alkaloid of opium and is used in the form of its hydrated sulfate (C17H19NO3)2·H2SO4·5H2O or hydrated hydrochloride C17H19NO3·HCl·3H2O as an analgesic and sedative

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