Definition of opiate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊpɪət
  • Relating to, resembling, or containing opium: the use of opiate drugs
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    • 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: /ˈəʊpɪət
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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊpɪeɪt
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  • 1Impregnate with opium: they smoked the last of his opiated dope
  • 1.1Dull the senses of (someone) with or as if with opium: she is not opiated with resignation
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    • See if it changes your paltry lives in the slightest to send him packing back to his richly opiated Irish mistress!
    • They want us to feel impotent, to worship the golden calf of commercialism, dazzled and opiated by its pale buzzing glow.
    • There are other ways to watch than simply joining the opiated masses.


late Middle English (as a noun): from medieval Latin opiatus (adjective), opiatus (noun), based on Latin opium (see opium).

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