oxy·​co·​done | \ ˌäk-sē-ˈkō-ˌdōn How to pronounce oxycodone (audio) \

Definition of oxycodone

: a narcotic analgesic C18H21NO4 used especially in the form of its hydrochloride

Examples of oxycodone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In what experts say was the first federal trial of a defendant pardoned by a governor, the government showed Baker murdered Mills during a conspiracy to rob him of oxycodone pills and cash. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 25 Aug. 2021 Soon, she was called into an exam room where she was told by a medical assistant that her urine had tested positive for methadone and oxycodone — two drugs she had not been prescribed, and had not taken. Ellen Gabler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2021 He was arrested on June 4, 2020, for allegedly giving oxycodone prescriptions to patients without performing medical exams in exchange for $1,600 payments. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 William Soyke, 68, pleaded guilty in July 2019 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, and alprazolam outside the scope of professional practice. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Investigators found a counterfeit oxycodone pill containing fentanyl in his room. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 The prescription was for 150 30mg oxycodone tablets and 60 morphine pills. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2021 Christopher Wagner, 43, testified how Baker recruited him to rob Donald Mills’ trailer in Knox County on May 9, 2014, saying Mills had oxycodone and as much as $200,000 in cash. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 11 Aug. 2021 The Pocatello Police Department said a bag of about 3,000 pills that contained fentanyl – but that were disguised to look like less-potent oxycodone – were found at a local trailhead last month. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of oxycodone

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oxycodone

oxy + codeine + -one

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“Oxycodone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxycodone. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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oxy·​co·​done | \ -ˈkō-ˌdōn How to pronounce oxycodone (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxycodone

: a narcotic analgesic C18H21NO4 used especially in the form of its hydrochloride C18H21NO4·HCl to relieve moderate to severe pain

Note: Oxycodone is marketed under the trademarks OxyContin, Percocet, and Percodan.


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