morphine

noun mor·phine \ ˈmȯr-ˌfēn \

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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Origin and Etymology of morphine

French, from Morpheus


MORPHINE Defined for English Language Learners

morphine

noun

Definition of morphine for English Language Learners

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


MORPHINE Defined for Kids

morphine

noun mor·phine \ ˈmȯr-ˌfēn \

Definition of morphine for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

morphine

noun mor·phine \ ˈmȯr-ˌfēn \

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

Biographical Note for morphine

  • Mor*pheus play \ˈmȯr-fē-əs, -ˌf(y)üs\ Greek mythological character. Morpheus was one of the sons of Hypnos, the god of sleep. As a dream-god Morpheus made human shapes appear to dreamers. His two brothers were responsible for sending forms of animals and inanimate things.


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