Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A neutral substance (C10H10O4) existing in opium. It is white, fusible, and crystalline.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) A substance regarded as an anhydride of meconinic acid, existing in opium and extracted as a white crystalline substance. Also erroneously called meconina, meconia, etc., as though it were an alkaloid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun chemistry A substance regarded as an anhydride of meconinic acid, found in opium.

Etymologies

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meconic +‎ -in? Compare French méconine.

Examples

  • _papaverin_ also; while _meconin_, whose acrid properties in contact with animal tissue are similar to that of meconic acid, forms the last of the group.

    The Opium Habit

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