Pronunciation: /ˈōpē-it, -ˌāt /
- Relating to, resembling, or containing opium: the use of opiate drugsMore example sentences
- Anti-cancer drugs and radiotherapy commonly produce nausea and vomiting, as do other drugs active in the central nervous system, including opiate pain killers (morphine, heroin) and also alcohol.
- The project, the first of its kind in the York area, aims to help addicts of heroin and other opiate drugs such as methadone.
- By using opiate analgesics and sedatives to provide comfort to a dying patient, we risk depressing respirations and causing hypotension, which may hasten death.
Pronunciation: /ˈōpē-it, -ˌāt /Back to top
- 1A drug with morphinelike effects, derived from opium.More example sentences
- The specimens are tested for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, PCP, and five other drugs.
- There is no difference between men and women on lifetime prevalence of cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, or sedatives.
- On the other hand, the state increased its regulation of legally manufactured drugs such as amphetamine, opiates, opioids, and, to a lesser extent, barbiturates and tranquilizers.
Pronunciation: /-ˌāt /[with object] (often as adjective opiated) Back to top
- Something regarded as inducing a false and unrealistic sense of contentment among people.[translating the German phrase Opium des Volks, used by Karl Marx in reference to religion (1844)]More example sentences
- Big government is not just the opiate of the masses.
- The priest mentioned Marx's line about religion as the opiate of the masses.
- Welfare is the opiate of the masses.
late Middle English (as a noun): from medieval Latin opiatus (adjective), opiatus (noun), based on Latin opium (see opium).