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
Recent Examples of morphine from the Web
Nationally, prescribing peaked at the equivalent of 782 milligrams of morphine per person in 2010, declining to 640 milligrams per person in 2015.
The NFL doctors would give him morphine, Vicodin and OxyContin to deal with the pain and keep him playing, medical attention that stopped with his retirement, the attorney said.
Many common painkillers — including OxyContin, Vicodin and morphine — are opioids, as are heroin and fentanyl.
After two shots of morphine and a shot of Dilaudid, Pellegrin was still in agony, so the nurse called in an anesthesiologist, who injected nerve blockers into Pellegrin's finger.
Heroin is, of course, concentrated morphine designed to create euphoria.
Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and can kill with doses as small as 2 milligrams when drug dealers use it to spike heroin and other opioids.
Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
In 2007, a doctor in San Luis Obispo stood trial for attempting to hasten the death of a potential organ donor with morphine.
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Origin and Etymology of morphine
French, from Morpheus
First Known Use: 1817See Words from the same year
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Definition of morphine for English Language Learners
: a powerful drug made from opium that is used to reduce pain
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Definition of morphine for Students
: a habit-forming drug made from opium and used to relieve pain
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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