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

For her part, the mom of three has since become a vocal advocate against the ongoing opioid crisis. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato's Mom Opened Up About Her Daughter's Overdose," 19 Sep. 2018 For her part, the mom of three has since become a vocal advocate against the ongoing opioid crisis. Andrea Park, SELF, "Demi Lovato’s Mom Describes What It Was Like to Get the Call That her Daughter Overdosed," 19 Sep. 2018 As county mayor, McKinlay has pushed for accountability from drugmakers and distributors over the opioid epidemic. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay re-elected after running unopposed," 6 July 2018 Fentanyl has quickly assumed an outsize role in Philadelphia’s opioid crisis. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "Feds say 110 pounds of fentanyl valued at $1.7M seized in Philly," 2 July 2018 One of the main reasons for the increase is the nation’s opioid crisis. The Christian Science Monitor, "Extending compassion beyond migrant kids," 26 June 2018 He and his family went to Washington D.C. to speak to the Energy and Commerce Committee, hoping to put a human face on the nation-wide opioid crisis. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Ken Daniels forms partnership to fight opioid crisis," 26 June 2018 When arguing Cruz’s sentence, Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha M. Freismuth acknowledged the state’s continuing opioid crisis. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "NYC Man Trafficking Kilograms Of Heroin Into Connecticut Sentenced," 12 June 2018 Developed by Blue Therapeutics, Blue-181 could be a big step forward in dealing with the growing opioid crisis. CBS News, "Researchers say they're on the verge of creating a revolutionary, non-addictive painkiller," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The street drug fentanyl — an extremely powerful opioid — is the top killer today, displacing heroin and pain pills. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019 Blake said she was motivated to join the program as its staff doctor in large part due to her son’s death last year from an overdose involving alcohol and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s increasingly supplanted heroin in the illicit market. German Lopez, Vox, "A Vermont needle exchange isn’t just giving out syringes. It’s offering treatment on the spot.," 20 Nov. 2018 About 40 percent of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Sessions singles out ‘sanctuary city of Lawrence’ in N.H. opioid speech," 12 July 2018 Overdose deaths in the state jumped 31 percent from 2012 to 2016, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, with the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl tied to nearly half of the 1,404 deaths in 2016. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Do those real-life addiction stories really keep kids off drugs?," 12 July 2018 Nevada’s first-of-its-kind execution protocol also calls for the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to slow Dozier’s breathing and the muscle paralytic cisatracurium to prevent movement and stop his breathing. Ken Ritter, USA TODAY, "Nevada execution in doubt after pharmaceutical company lawsuit," 11 July 2018 Nevada's first-of-its-kind execution protocol also calls for the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to slow Dozier's breathing and the muscle paralytic cisatracurium to prevent movement and stop his breathing. NBC News, "Nevada execution in doubt after drug company sues to stop it," 11 July 2018 Nevada’s first-of-its-kind execution protocol also calls for the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to slow Dozier’s breathing and the muscle paralytic cisatracurium to prevent movement and stop his breathing. Ken Ritter, Time, "A Drug Company Is Suing to Stop Its Drug From Being Used in a Nevada Execution," 11 July 2018 Police seized two guns; about 150 grams, or 5.3 ounces, of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid; about 20 grams, or 0.7 of an ounce, of crack cocaine, and other narcotics, said Thomas Carson of the U.S. Attorney’s office. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Police: Two More Wanted Felons Nabbed In Hartford, Enfield, After Gang Roundup," 6 July 2018

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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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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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