Definitions

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

  • n. An alkaloid narcotic, C18H21NO3, derived from opium or morphine and used as a cough suppressant, analgesic, and hypnotic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An addictive alkaloid narcotic derived from opium and used as a hypnotic, analgesic and cough suppressant; often mixed with aspirin etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the opium alkaloids; a white crystalline substance, C18H21NO3, similar to and regarded as a derivative of morphine, but much feebler in its action; -- called also codeia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A white crystalline alkaloid (C18H21NO3 + H2O) contained in opium to the extent of 0.1 to 0.8 per cent. It is used as a hypnotic and to quiet coughs and pain. Also written codein, codeina, and codeia.

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

  • n. derivative of opium; used as an antitussive (to relieve coughing) and an analgesic (to relieve pain)

Etymologies

French codéine : Greek kōdeia, poppy head (from kōos, cavity; see keuə- in Indo-European roots) + -ine, alkaloid; see -ine2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Nicotine is a highly addictive substance -- in the same category as opiate drugs such as codeine and heroin.

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  • At the same time, their pain tends to resist treatment, so they often end up taking opioids, such as codeine or hydrocodone (Vicodin and others, including generics), which are strong painkillers and should be a last resort.

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  • At the same time, their pain tends to resist treatment, so they often end up taking opioids, such as codeine or hydrocodone Vicodin and others, including generics, which are strong painkillers and should be a last resort.

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  • Of those deaths, 21 percent were linked to pain relievers, especially narcotic ones such as codeine, morphine, and oxycodone.

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  • Q Further on the question of pain -- is the President taking any pain medication such as codeine to address the question of his comfort?

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  • Narcotic painkillers, such as codeine and morphine, may be prescribed by a health care worker and are used only for severe pain.

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  • It is combined in many prescription products with other ingredients, usually opioids such as codeine (Tylenol with Codeine), oxycodone (Percocet), and hydrocodone (Vicodin), the FDA said in a release.

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