Definitions for narcoticnɑrˈkɒt ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nar•cot•icnɑrˈkɒt ɪk(n.)

  1. any of a class of habituating or addictive substances that blunt the senses and in increasing doses cause confusion, stupor, coma, and death: some are used in medicine to relieve intractable pain or induce anesthesia.

    Category: Pharmacology

  2. anything that exercises a soothing or numbing effect or influence.

  3. (adj.)of or having the power to produce narcosis, as a drug.

  4. pertaining to or of the nature of narcosis.

  5. of or pertaining to narcotics or their use.

    Category: Pharmacology

  6. used by, or in the treatment of, narcotic addicts.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of narcotic:

1350–1400; ME narcotik(e) (n.) < ML narcōticum < Gk narkōtikón, n. use of neut. of narkōtikós numbing =narkō-, var. s. of narkoûn to numb (see narcosis ) +-tikos -tic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. narcotic(adj)

    a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction

  2. narcotic(adj)

    of or relating to or designating narcotics

    "narcotic addicts"; "narcotic stupor"

  3. narcotic, narcotizing, narcotising(adj)

    inducing stupor or narcosis

    "narcotic drugs"

  4. narcotic, soporiferous, soporific(adj)

    inducing mental lethargy

    "a narcotic speech"


  1. narcotic(Noun)

    Any class of substances or drugs, that reduces pain, induces sleep and may alter mood or behaviour.

  2. narcotic(Noun)

    Any type of numbing drug.

  3. narcotic(Noun)

    Certain illegal drugs.

  4. narcotic(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to narcotics.

  5. narcotic(Adjective)

    Inducing sleep; causing narcosis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narcotic(adj)

    having the properties of a narcotic; operating as a narcotic

  2. Narcotic(noun)

    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


  1. Narcotic

    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.

Anagrams of narcotic

  1. cratonic

Translations for narcotic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of drug that stops pain or makes one sleep, often addictive when taken in large doses.

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