Definition of chlorodyne in English:



mass noun
  • A preparation of chloroform and morphine formerly used to relieve pain.

    • ‘The first major government committee of enquiry in the 20s considered only the treatment of morphine addiction, ignoring the widespread misuse of chlorodyne.’
    • ‘Confused by the chlorodyne which I had taken, I lay motionless in a semi-conscious state.’
    • ‘During this unhappy time she was also dosing herself with bromides and chlorodyne.’
    • ‘He collapsed in his office after an overdose of chlorodyne, died in his home, Hustlers Terrace, on 17 January 1889, and was buried in Sandhurst cemetery with Anglican rites.’
    • ‘Several bottles of laudanum and chlorodyne were found in Dean's bedroom.’


Mid 19th century: blend of chloroform and anodyne.