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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Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid approximately 10,000 more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Clairemont man sentenced to prison for selling drugs on dark web," 20 Aug. 2019 Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be 50 to 100 times more powerful than other opioids like morphine, heroin and oxycodone, according to Lindsay LaSalle, senior staff attorney for the nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Six prison staffers hospitalized for possible fentanyl exposure in Connecticut," 30 July 2019 Fire crews were still on the scene at 11 a.m. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 100 times stronger than morphine and has been responsible for a growing number of U.S. overdose deaths each year. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "Possible fentanyl exposure sends police officer to hospital in Silicon Valley," 12 Aug. 2019 Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Alleged kingpin of massive, deadly fentanyl-laced pill scheme stands trial," 12 Aug. 2019 Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Insys becomes first drugmaker to file for bankruptcy to cover opioid penalties," 10 June 2019 She was treated with morphine, and her wound was debrided. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "This Woman Suffered A Severe Neck Burn After Sleeping On Top Of Her Generic Phone Charger," 1 Aug. 2019 At one day old, my son was hooked up to a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own, heavily sedated with morphine. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019 Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Opioid prescriptions in Michigan are declining, but a crisis still rages," 19 June 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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