thebaine

noun

the·​ba·​ine thə-ˈbā-ˌēn How to pronounce thebaine (audio)
: a poisonous crystalline alkaloid C19H21NO3 found in opium in small quantities, related chemically to morphine and codeine, and possessing a sharp astringent taste and a tetanic action like strychnine

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“Thebaine.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/thebaine. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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