Definition of laudanum in English:

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laudanum

Pronunciation: /ˈlɔːd(ə)nəm/
Pronunciation: /ˈlɒd(ə)nəm/

noun

[mass noun]
An alcoholic solution containing morphine, prepared from opium and formerly used as a narcotic painkiller.
Example sentences
  • Doctors would give babies phenobarbital for colic and laudanum (a form of opium) for teething.
  • She took laudanum for this, as was the fashion, a habit that brought her to the attention of a fellow poet, the opium addict Coleridge.
  • Any painkillers containing opiates, such as laudanum, were out of the question until the concussion went away.

Origin

Mid 16th century (applied to various preparations containing opium): modern Latin, the name given by Paracelsus to a costly medicament of which opium was believed to be the active ingredient; perhaps a variant of Latin ladanum (see ladanum).

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