Definition of morphine in English:

morphine

Line breaks: mor|phine
Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːfiːn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • An analgesic and narcotic drug obtained from opium and used medicinally to relieve pain.
    • An alkaloid; chemical formula: C17H19NO3. Compare with heroin
    More example sentences
    • It is therefore in the same category of painkillers as morphine and codeine.
    • For severe pain, oral morphine is the drug of choice and should never be denied to patients who need it.
    • The nature of some pain killing drugs, such as morphine, means prolonged use often leads to addiction.

Origin

early 19th century: from German Morphin, from the name of the Roman god Morpheus (see Morpheus).

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