Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless or white crystalline alkaloid, C17H21NO4, extracted from coca leaves, sometimes used in medicine as a local anesthetic especially for the eyes, nose, or throat and widely used as an illicit drug for its euphoric and stimulating effects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stimulant narcotic in the form of a white powder that users generally self-administer by insufflation through the nose.
  • n. Any derivative of cocaine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A powerful narcotic alkaloid, C17H21NO4, obtained from the leaves of coca. It is a bitter, white, crystalline substance, and is remarkable for producing local insensibility to pain. It is classified as addictive and is not available in the U. S. without a prescription, but is nevertheless one of the most widespread illegal drugs of abuse. It is used in several forms, including small pellets of free base, called crack. Most of the cacaine illegally used in the U.S. is imported.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alkaloid (C17H21NO4) obtained from the leaves of the coca, Erythroxylon Coca.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become powerfully addictive

Etymologies

French cocaïne, from coca, coca, from Spanish; see coca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Quechua kuka, probably via French cocaïne. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word cocaine refers to the drug in both a powder (cocaine) and crystal (crack) form.

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  • When Mark Penn went on Hardball, purportedly to disown Shaheen’s aspersions, he instead sharpened them by using the word cocaine on air.

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  • At the time, we had a very pretentious bar called simply The State Bar, complete with the original filming model of the blimp from Blade Runner over the bar and a collection of 20something SMU brats already so far gone in cocaine addiction that their noses looked like Michael Jackson's.

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  • As cocaine is a powerful stimulant it is often abused for this effect1.

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  • Freebase cocaine is essentially pure cocaine that is made today by preparing an aqueous solution of cocaine HCI and adding ammonia or bicarbonate to alkalinize the solution and precipitate alkaloidal cocaine. 6 The "freebase" formed is nonwater-soluble, does not decompose. with heat and can be crushed, and mixed with tobacco and smoked.

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  • When cocaine is smoked as freebase and inhaled, delivering the cocaine rapidly to the pulmonary vascular bed, a rapid increase in blood concentration occurs with intense euphoric effects similar to that of rapid I.V. injection but lasting only 20 minutes. 6 In one study comparing smoking of freebase with I.V. cocaine HCI use, smoking 50 mg. of freebase (inhaling 16 mg. cocaine) caused a more pleasurable euphoria than 20 mg.

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  • The ethanol in the wine acted as a solvent and extracted the cocaine from the coca leaves, altering the drink†™ s effect.

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  • However, with all the rubbish that the cocaine is mixed with I doubt you would end up with a nice clear solution. on February 25, 2010 at 9: 21 pm dungbeetle

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  • I bought cocaine from a guy I knew at the bar and told Stephanie.

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