Definition of codeine in English:


Line breaks: co|deine
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊdiːn


[mass noun] Medicine
  • A sleep-inducing and analgesic drug derived from morphine.
    • Chemical formula: C18H21NO3
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    • Opiates - drugs like codeine and morphine that contain or are derived from opium - are considered low-grade narcotics.
    • In addition, staff were concerned that pain might be undertreated once acetaminophen with codeine was the only analgesic used for pain management.
    • If this does not work the second step is to continue these drugs and add a weak synthetic opium imitator such as codeine or oxycodone.


mid 19th century: from Greek kōdeia 'poppy head' + -ine4.

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