a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction
of or relating to or designating narcotics
"narcotic addicts"; "narcotic stupor"
narcotic, narcotizing, narcotising(adj)
inducing stupor or narcosis
narcotic, soporiferous, soporific(adj)
inducing mental lethargy
"a narcotic speech"
Any class of substances or drugs, that reduces pain, induces sleep and may alter mood or behaviour.
Any type of numbing drug.
Certain illegal drugs.
Of, or relating to narcotics.
Inducing sleep; causing narcosis.
having the properties of a narcotic; operating as a narcotic
a drug which, in medicinal doses, generally allays morbid susceptibility, relieves pain, and produces sleep; but which, in poisonous doses, produces stupor, coma, or convulsions, and, when given in sufficient quantity, causes death. The best examples are opium (with morphine), belladonna (with atropine), and conium
Origin: [F. narcotique, Gr. narkwtiko`s, fr. narkoy^n to benumb, na`rkh numbness, torpor.]
The term narcotic originally referred medically to any psychoactive compound with any sleep-inducing properties. In the United States it has since become associated with opioids, commonly morphine and heroin and their derivatives, such as hydrocodone. The term is, today, imprecisely defined and typically has negative connotations. When used in a legal context in the U.S., a narcotic drug is simply one that is totally prohibited, or one that is used in violation of strict governmental regulation, such as heroin or morphine. From a pharmacological standpoint it is not a useful term, as is evidenced by the fact that spirit and wine are classified differently due to their intoxicating power; while the narcotic principle to opium and tobacco imparts similar properties. In popular language, alcohol is classed among the stimulants; and opium and tobacco among the narcotics; which are substances whose ultimate effect upon the animal system is to produce torpor and insensibility; but taken in small quantities they at first exhilarate. And since alcohol does the same, most medical writers, at the present day, class it among the narcotics.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nar-kot′ik, adj. having power to produce torpor, sleep, or deadness.—n. a medicine producing sleep or stupor.—n. Narcō′sis, the stupefying effect of a narcotic.—adv. Narcot′ically.—n. Nar′cotine, one of the organic bases or alkaloids occurring in opium.—v.t. Nar′cotise.—n. Nar′cotism, the influence of narcotics, or the effects produced by their use. [Fr.,—Gr. narkē, torpor.]
The numerical value of narcotic in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of narcotic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Power (n) The only narcotic regulated by the SEC instead of the FDA.
Pride is a powerful narcotic, but it doesn't do much for the auto-immune system.
As a result of the investigation, it is believed that the murder was narcotic related.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
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Translations for narcotic
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- ναρκωτικός, αναισθητικό, ναρκωτικόGreek
- narcótico, estupefacienteSpanish
- narkootiline, narko-, uimasti, narkootikum, droogEstonian
- huumausaine, unilääkeFinnish
- suainealachScottish Gaelic
- narcotic, narcoticăRomanian
- наркотический, наркотикRussian
- narkotika, knark, narkotiskSwedish
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