What does morphine mean?

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ˈmɔr fin; -fi əmor·phine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. morphine, morphia(noun)

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


  1. morphine(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.

    Etymology: From Morpheus the god of dreams.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Morphine(noun)

    a bitter white crystalline alkaloid found in opium, possessing strong narcotic properties, and much used as an anodyne; -- called also morphia, and morphina

    Etymology: [From Morpheus: cf. F. morphine.]


  1. Morphine

    Morphine is a potent opiate analgesic drug that is used to relieve severe pain. It was first isolated in 1804 by Friedrich Sertürner, first distributed by him in 1817, and first commercially sold by Merck in 1827, which at the time was a single small chemists' shop. It was more widely used after the invention of the hypodermic needle in 1857. It took its name from the Greek god of dreams Morpheus. After it was isolated from opium by Sertürner, the traditional way to obtain morphine had been by chemical processing of opium. In India, opium harvested by licensed poppy farmers is dehydrated to uniform levels of hydration at government processing centers, and then sold to pharmaceutical companies, which extract morphine from the opium. However in Turkey and Tasmania morphine is obtained by harvesting and processing the fully mature dry seed pods, with attached stalks, called poppy straw. By not harvesting opium at all, and by obtaining morphine only from the dry poppy straw, and not from opium, and by using a large scale industrial process to do so, at factories located near the poppy farms, opportunities for illicitly diverting opium from the crop, and for illicit production of morphine, and heroin from the opium, are reduced. In Turkey, a water extraction process is used. In Tasmania, a solvent extraction process is used.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Morphine

    The principal alkaloid in opium and the prototype opiate analgesic and narcotic. Morphine has widespread effects in the central nervous system and on smooth muscle.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of morphine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of morphine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of morphine in a Sentence

  1. Laura Stone:

    Morphine and other similar opioid drugs provide excellent pain relief in many individuals, especially for short treatment periods, and can result in real improvements in quality of life, concerns about the negative consequences of long-term use must be balanced for each individual against the potential therapeutic benefits.

  2. Carl Jung:

    Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.

  3. Elizabeth Sattely:

    Producing plant-derived drugs in easy-to-grow plants or baker's yeast in many cases will be a much more efficient way to make these drugs, this is currently being done for artemisinin (a malaria drug derived from the sweet wormwood plant), and will likely be the way we make morphine (derived from poppies) in the future.

  4. Hope Arnold:

    And then he handed me a bottle of liquid morphine. He said, 'You might need it.'.

  5. Madeleine Swortwood:

    I’ve actually been in contact with a few physicians, especially addiction medicine physicians, who are treating patients with morphine addiction from consuming poppy seed tea. They are not heroin users, but they actually become addicted to the morphine from the tea.

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