opioid

adjective
opi·​oid | \ ˈō-pē-ˌȯid How to pronounce opioid (audio) \

Definition of opioid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possessing some properties characteristic of opiate narcotics but not derived from opium
2 : of, involving, or induced by an opioid

opioid

noun

Definition of opioid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : any of a group of endogenous neural polypeptides (such as an endorphin or enkephalin) that bind especially to opiate receptors and mimic some of the pharmacological properties of opiates

called also opioid peptide

2 : a synthetic drug possessing narcotic properties similar to opiates but not derived from opium broadly : opiate sense 1a

Examples of opioid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In 2017, Wayne County had 749 drug overdose deaths; 636 of them were opioid-related. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "In Michigan, 7 people a day die from drugs as overdose deaths decline slightly," 22 Nov. 2019 In a study published earlier this year in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, researchers cited the connection between marketing of opioid drugs to physicians and the number of prescriptions written. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "At ProHealth Physicians, representatives from drug companies are no longer welcome in the doctor’s office," 22 Nov. 2019 Fentanyl, a potent and highly addictive opioid, is one the main culprits of the dramatic increase in opioid addiction and overdoses, reports cleveland.com’s Seth Richardson. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "How have Cleveland police reformed since Tamir Rice’s death? The Wake Up for Friday, Nov. 22, 2019," 22 Nov. 2019 Last year in Ohio, which in 2017 had the second-highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the nation, there were about 7,700 qualified foster homes for the 27,000 children who needed them. Dan Levin, New York Times, "The Parents Passed a Drug Test. Should They Get Their Children Back?," 22 Nov. 2019 As demand in the United States has changed, due to the partial legalisation of cannabis and a surge in opioid use, traffickers have diversified. The Economist, "The global drugs trade shifts to west Africa," 21 Nov. 2019 Developing an Opioid Crisis Diversion Center: IU Health and the IU Health Foundation have pledged a combined total of $1.05 million over three years to support the launch of a 24-hour opioid crisis center in Monroe County. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "IU Health will invest $100M into community health programs like these," 19 Nov. 2019 The Smart Ribbon displays information about the cost of diagnostic tests, cost of medications, the patient’s opioid prescription history and other information about the patient’s health history. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Birmingham health data company named in CNBC Upstart 100," 15 Nov. 2019 CBS Los Angeles reports a letter was sent out to every USC student discussing mental health and the dangers of opioid use. CBS News, "After 9 recent deaths at USC, students criticize letter sent by school," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The panel discusses Orlando’s decision to join other local governments in suing pharmaceutical companies and how legislators are tackling opioids, from pill-mill laws to criminal justice reform. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Jerry Demings on ‘Orlando Matters’; Rick Scott on News 13; opioid crisis on ‘NewsNight’," 12 Nov. 2019 When people overdose on an opioid, their lungs and muscles stop working. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "BART police saving lives on trains with Narcan," 11 Nov. 2019 The seminar will provide special emphasis on opioids, cocaine and marijuana. cleveland, "Families enjoy skele-fun at Halloween safety event: Olmsted Dates and Data," 26 Oct. 2019 Narcan is a medication that stops the effects of opioids, such as heroin and prescription pills. Quoron Walker, courant.com, "Narcan & Suicide Prevention Training To Be Held Nov. 6," 25 Oct. 2019 Kentucky has secured two multimillion-dollar settlements with pharmaceutical companies in cases concerning a prescription drug that's meant to help people addicted to opioids, as well as two contraceptives linked to blood clots. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear secures 2 multimillion-dollar settlements with pharmaceutical companies," 23 Oct. 2019 Overwhelmed by opioids, the nervous system signals for blood pressure and respiration to drop. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, "The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring," 17 Oct. 2019 At different points in the night, candidates from the progressive wing called to legalize heroin and opioids, guarantee a basic income, and impose door-to-door gun confiscation. Time, "11 Biggest Takeaways of the October Democratic Debate," 16 Oct. 2019 The news comes after a nurse at a cancer facility in New York allegedly tampered with injectable opioids, which sickened at least six patients with a rare blood infection. Fox News, "Nurses at New Jersey hospital gave Benadryl to patients to make them sleepy, lighten workload: lawsuit," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of opioid

Adjective

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of opioid was in 1957

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28 Nov 2019

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“Opioid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opioid. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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opioid

adjective
opi·​oid | \ ˈō-pē-ˌȯid \

Medical Definition of opioid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possessing some properties characteristic of opiate narcotics but not derived from opium
2 : of, involving, or induced by an opioid

opioid

noun

Medical Definition of opioid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : any of a group of endogenous neural polypeptides (as an endorphin or enkephalin) that bind especially to opiate receptors and mimic some of the pharmacological properties of opiates

called also opioid peptide

2a : a synthetic drug (as methadone) possessing narcotic properties similar to opiates but not derived from opium
b : opiate sense 1 not used technically

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