opioid

adjective
opi·​oid | \ ˈō-pē-ˌȯid \

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

Understanding this simple idea gets you a long way to solving America’s opioid crisis. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid drug that's often implicated in drug overdose deaths. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Fentanyl Now Officially Causes the Most Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S.," 20 Dec. 2018 Usage of alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, heroin and opioid pills all declined. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom," 17 Dec. 2018 Doctors gained an innovative new tool in their fight against the opioid addiction crisis this week. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The FDA Thinks This App Could Help People With Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery," 17 Dec. 2018 In Virginia, an expansion of residential drug treatment beds has been linked to a sharp drop in emergency room visits due to opioid overdose. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Seattle Times, "More leeway for states to expand inpatient mental health," 13 Nov. 2018 Dozier’s case was also unique for another reason: He was set to be executed using the opioid fentanyl, a drug that has been responsible for thousands of overdose deaths across the country. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Demi Lovato’s ex-boyfriends Wilmer Valderrama and Joe Jonas are seemingly reacting to the singer’s apparent overdose on Tuesday after she was reportedly revived with the opioid treatment drug Narcan at her California home. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Demi Lovato’s ex Wilmer Valderrama is reportedly ‘shocked’ as ex Joe Jonas asks fans for prayers," 2 Oct. 2018 The most recent DJ gig Solomon featured on his Instagram page was an April 7 fundraiser for opioid addiction awareness. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Meet David Solomon, the Next CEO of Goldman Sachs, Who Moonlights as a DJ," 17 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The group has spent more than $10.1 million in Tennessee, including at least six ads attacking Blackburn on opioids. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "Ex-DEA official says Blackburn had warning on opioid law," 26 Oct. 2018 Both attended Indiana while Miller was coach there, and Shawn got hooked on opioids as a freshman. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Connecticut Sun Coach Curt Miller Need Not Be Perfect To Be A Perfect Role Model," 13 July 2018 Last year in Illinois, 2,111 people died after overdosing on opioids, according to preliminary Illinois Department of Public Health data. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois seeks to expand Obamacare coverage of opioid addiction treatment, prevention," 5 July 2018 Schatman says there's a big difference between depending on opioids to survive and becoming addicted to them. Josephine Chu, USA TODAY, "Chronic pain patients, overlooked in opioid crisis, getting new attention from top at FDA," 2 July 2018 Gastala was struck by the number of patients dependent on opioids they had been prescribed for chronic pain. Abby Goodnough, BostonGlobe.com, "Family doctors can help tackle opioid epidemic," 23 June 2018 And prosecutors say Purdue played down the dangers of addiction while getting hundreds of thousands of Americans hooked on opioids. NBC News, "New strategy in suing opioid maker blamed for addiction crisis: Target the family who runs it," 16 June 2018 In 2016, 268 deaths in the county were blamed on opioids, according to data from the Medical Examiner’s Office. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Use of drug that reverses overdoses to expand to police, school campuses," 11 June 2018 Candidates said Hogan’s task force on opioids had not effectively stemmed the rising overdose death toll, which killed a record 1,501 people in the first nine months of last year, the latest period for which data was available. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Democrats running for Maryland governor stress differences in third televised debate," 5 June 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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