American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A poisonous alkaloid, C19H21NO3, obtained from opium. Also called paramorphine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An alkaloid, C19H21NO3, obtained from opium. It is a white crystalline base having an acrid taste, and analogous to strychnine in its physiological effects. Also called thebaia, paramorphine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A poisonous alkaloid, C19H21NO3, found in opium in small quantities, having a sharp, astringent taste, and a tetanic action resembling that of strychnine.
- New Latin (herba) thēbaia, (herb of) Thebes, Egyptian opium (from Latin Thēbaea, feminine of Thēbaeus, Theban, from Thēbae, Thebes, from Greek Thēbai) + -ine2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Injecting salutaridine yielded a five-ringed opiate called thebaine, and injecting thebaine generated three similarly structured opiates: codeine, oripavine and morphine.”
“Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two of the naturally occurring opiates codeine and thebaine.”
“A synthetic derivative of thebaine, used as a pain reliever and local anesthetic.”
“(Tylenol with codeine, Empirin with codeine, Robitussan AC), and thebaine.”
“When she came back the next morning, the thebaine was all gone," says Facchini.”
“Papaver somniferum, and a mutant plant that makes the morphine precursors thebaine and oripavine but can't make morphine itself.”
“The scientists dubbed the enzymes thebaine 6-O-demethylase and codeine O-demethylase.”
“E. coli, put the critter in a flask with some thebaine, and left it overnight.”
“Injecting thebaine resulted in codeine, morphine, and a third opiate, oripavine, being identified in the urine.”
“When they injected salutaridine into the mice they found thebaine, a five-ringed opiate in the urine.”
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