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

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The problem is particularly acute for older drugs, such as penicillin or morphine. The Economist, "A dire scarcity of drugs is worsening, in part, because they are so cheap," 14 Sep. 2019 At the end of his life, Anslinger took morphine for the pain. David Blistein, Time, "America's War on Drugs Has Treated People Unequally Since Its Beginning," 12 Aug. 2019 In it, the CDC urged practitioners to avoid increasing opioid doses for new patients above daily doses of 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME). STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019 Total prescribing dropped from 46 billion morphine milligram equivalents in March 2016 to 32 billion morphine milligram equivalents in September 2018. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Pain patients left in anguish by doctors 'terrified' of opioid addiction, despite CDC change," 24 June 2019 Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times more potent than morphine. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan pharmacies to offer opioid-reversal drug for free on Saturday," 13 Sep. 2019 Oxycodone, the opioid in OxyContin, is one and a half times more potent than morphine. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Data Touted by OxyContin Maker to Fight Lawsuits Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story," 9 Sep. 2019 According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU, district attorney officials warn students of the dangers of fentanyl," 5 Sep. 2019 Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more powerful than morphine, is increasingly responsible for opioid overdoses and deaths in Minnesota and across the nation. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Five ways Minnesota is fighting the opioid addiction epidemic," 25 Aug. 2019

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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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morphine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of morphine

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

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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