Definition of oxycodone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɒksɪˈkəʊdəʊn/
(also trademark OxyContin)


[mass noun]
A synthetic analgesic drug which is similar to morphine in its effects.
Example sentences
  • As a result, doctors have started to look to stronger measures to treat it - including so-called opioid analgesics like morphine and oxycodone (the active ingredient in Oxycontin).
  • If appropriate dosages of a tricyclic antidepressant (preferably nortriptyline) or gabapentin do not provide adequate relief, strong opioids such as oxycodone, morphine, or methadone may be required.
  • Opioid medications such as oxycodone and morphine are recommended for the treatment of severe arthritis pain when COX - 2 drugs and nonspecific NSAIDs fail to provide adequate relief.


1970s: from oxy-2 + co- in codeine.

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