morphine

noun

mor·​phine ˈmȯr-ˌfēn How to pronounce morphine (audio)
: 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 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is up to 50 times as strong as heroin and 100 times as strong as morphine. WSJ, 12 Dec. 2023 Getty Images White people who visit hospital emergency departments with pain are 26% more likely than Black people to be given opioid pain medications such as morphine. Trevor Thompson, Associate Professor Of Clinical Research At The University Of Greenwich, Fortune Well, 29 Oct. 2023 In 2016, the CDC issued landmark guidelines for prescribing opioids that recommended 90 milligrams of morphine or their equivalent as a daily ceiling for opioid use against pain. David Ovalle, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2023 The deadly drug compound is 50 times as powerful as heroin and 100 times as powerful as morphine, and has been driving a rise in the number of youth drug overdoses in recent years. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 This drug is a kappa opioid receptor (KOR) antagonist—not to be confused with opioids, such as morphine and fentanyl. Sonya Collins, Fortune Well, 4 Nov. 2023 According to the coroner’s report, River was found with deadly levels of cocaine and morphine in his system and traces of marijuana, Valium and cold medication. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2023 The firm measured the volume by what's known as morphine milligram equivalents, or MME, which is used by clinicians and the CDC to measure the potency of an opioid dose relative to morphine. David Ovalle, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2023 Farley died of a cocaine and morphine overdose seven weeks later, on Dec. 18. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French, from Morpheus

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of morphine was in 1817

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“Morphine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morphine. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

morphine

noun
mor·​phine ˈmȯr-ˌfēn How to pronounce morphine (audio)
: a bitter white habit-forming narcotic drug made from opium and used especially to deaden pain
Etymology

derived from Morpheus "Greek god of dreams"

Medical Definition

morphine

noun
mor·​phine ˈmȯr-ˌfēn How to pronounce morphine (audio)
: 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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