Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bitter crystalline alkaloid, C17H19NO3·H2O, extracted from opium, the soluble salts of which are used in medicine as an analgesic, a light anesthetic, or a sedative.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An alkaloid, C17H19N03, the most important narcotic principle of opium.

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

  • noun (Chem.) A bitter white crystalline alkaloid found in opium, possessing strong narcotic properties, and much used as an anodyne; -- called also morphia, and morphina.

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

  • noun A crystalline alkaloid (7,8-didehydro-4,5-epoxy-17-methyl-morphinan-3,6-diol), extracted from opium, the salts of which are soluble in water and are used as analgesics, anaesthetics and sedatives; it is one of a group of morphine alkaloids.

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

  • noun an alkaloid narcotic drug extracted from opium; a powerful, habit-forming narcotic used to relieve pain

Etymologies

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

[French, from Morphée, Morpheus, from Latin Morpheus.]

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From Ancient Greek Morpheus the god of dreams.

Examples

  • What difference does it make when morphine is legal, when booze is legal?

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  • Roy is in a deep state of depression and starts to tell Alexandria an epic story in order to get her to do things for him, namely steal morphine from the hospital pharmacy.

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  • It's pretty obvious Gonzales was hoping that Ashcroft was swimming in morphine and ready to sign anything.

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  • It's pretty obvious Gonzales was hoping that Ashcroft was swimming in morphine and ready to sign anything.

    Balkinization

  • It's pretty obvious Gonzales was hoping that Ashcroft was swimming in morphine and ready to sign anything.

    Balkinization

  • It's pretty obvious Gonzales was hoping that Ashcroft was swimming in morphine and ready to sign anything.

    Balkinization

  • It's pretty obvious Gonzales was hoping that Ashcroft was swimming in morphine and ready to sign anything.

    Balkinization

  • It's pretty obvious Gonzales was hoping that Ashcroft was swimming in morphine and ready to sign anything.

    Balkinization

  • It's pretty obvious Gonzales was hoping that Ashcroft was swimming in morphine and ready to sign anything.

    Balkinization

  • It's pretty obvious Gonzales was hoping that Ashcroft was swimming in morphine and ready to sign anything.

    Balkinization

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