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opiate

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noun opi·ate \ ˈō-pē-ət , -ˌāt \

Definition of opiate

1 a :a drug (such as morphine or codeine) containing or derived from opium and tending to induce sleep and alleviate pain; broadly :narcotic 1a
b :opioid 1
2 :something that induces rest or inaction or quiets uneasiness
  • regarded television as an opiate

Examples of opiate in a Sentence

  1. Many see television as an opiate of the masses.

  2. a cultural critic who argues that the Internet has now joined television as an opiate of the American people

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First Known Use of opiate

15th century

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opiate

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Definition of opiate

1 a :containing or mixed with opium
b :of, relating to, binding, or being an opiate
  • opiate receptors
2 a :inducing sleep :narcotic
b :causing dullness or inaction

Examples of opiate in a Sentence

  1. morphine is an opiate drug

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First Known Use of opiate

1543

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OPIATE Defined for English Language Learners

opiate

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Definition of opiate for English Language Learners

  • : a drug (such as morphine or codeine) that is made from opium and that is used to reduce pain or cause sleep

  • : something that causes people to ignore problems and to relax instead of doing things that need to be done


Medical Dictionary

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opiate

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noun opi·ate \ ˈō-pē-ət , -ˌāt \

medical Definition of opiate

1 :a drug (as morphine, heroin, and codeine) containing or derived from opium and tending to induce sleep and to alleviate pain; broadly :narcotic 1
2 :opioid 1 not used technically

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opiate

adjective

medical Definition of opiate

1 :of, relating to, or being opium or an opium derivative
2 :of, relating to, binding, or being an opiate
  • opiate receptors


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