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morphia


noun Pharmacology.

  1. a white, bitter, crystalline alkaloid, C17H19NO3⋅H2O, the most important narcotic and addictive principle of opium, obtained by extraction and crystallization and used chiefly in medicine as a pain reliever and sedative.

noun

  1. an alkaloid extracted from opium: used in medicine as an analgesic and sedative, although repeated use causes addiction. Formula: C 17 H 19 NO 3
n.

chief alkaloid of opium, 1828, from French morphine or German Morphin (1816), name coined by German apothecary Friedrich Sertürner (1783-1840) in reference to Latin Morpheus, Ovid’s name for the god of dreams, from Greek morphe “form, shape, beauty, outward appearance,” perhaps from PIE *merph-, a possible Greek root meaning “form,” of unknown origin. So called because of the drug’s sleep-inducing properties.

n.

  1. morphine

n.

  1. A bitter crystalline alkaloid extracted from opium, the soluble salts of which are used in medicine as an analgesic, a light anesthetic, or a sedative.morphia

  1. A highly addictive drug derived from opium and used to treat intractable pain, as in severe injury or metastatic cancer.

An addictive drug derived from opium that is used as an analgesic and sedative.

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