morphine

noun
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

Examples of morphine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fentanyl, which is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine, is used to treat severe pain in medical settings, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine. Paul Best, Fox News, 4 May 2022 The sheriff’s office described fentanyl as a synthetic opioid that is as many as 100 times stronger than morphine. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 26 Apr. 2022 The synthetic opioid is up to 100 times more potent than morphine and is considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the primary driver of overdose deaths in the United States. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 23 Apr. 2022 Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2022 The drug, about 100 times more potent than morphine, is also often used in end-of-life care to reduce discomfort in dying patients. Eric Levenson, Jean Casarez And Lauren Del Valle, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Seni Tienabeso, ABC News, 19 Apr. 2022 Though Cieski had been prescribed morphine to ease his pain, the facility had failed to note it on his chart and didn’t have any of the drug available for him. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Morphine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morphine. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for morphine

morphine

noun
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

morphine

noun
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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