Definition of oxycodone in English:

oxycodone

Line breaks: oxy|codone
Pronunciation: /ˌɒksɪˈkəʊdəʊn
 
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(also • trademark OxyContin)

noun

[mass noun]
  • A synthetic analgesic drug which is similar to morphine in its effects.
    More 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.

Origin

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

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