from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The habitual or excessive use of cocaine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A morbid condition produced by the habitual and excessive use of cocaine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The morbid condition produced by the excessive use of cocaine; the morbid habit of using cocaine as a stimulant.
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The user of coca wines runs a double risk -- an alcohol craving may be revived, or created; and, at the same time, cocainism may be set up, and nothing but physical, mental and moral ruin follow.
The situation of alcoholism repeats itself in still more ruinous forms with morphinism and cocainism, vices which grow in this country to an alarming degree.
Quite similar is the situation with cocainism or with the combination of morphine and cocaine which is so frequent nowadays with young physicians.
"The cocaine habit may be cultivated as easily as the alcohol habit, and the two forms of disease, alcoholism and cocainism, are by no means rare.
"To combine such a drug as coca, or cocaine, with an alcoholic stimulant, is to multiply the dangers of cocainism by those of alcoholism.