Definition of codeine in English:

codeine

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] A sleep-inducing and analgesic drug derived from morphine.

    • ‘You should take warm baths and take painkillers if necessary, but avoid painkillers containing codeine as these often have side effects.’
    • ‘The question of interest is not so much whether they are potent analgesics compared with codeine but, rather, which painful conditions they are effective in.’
    • ‘If this does not work the second step is to continue these drugs and add a weak synthetic opium imitator such as codeine or oxycodone.’
    • ‘In addition, staff were concerned that pain might be undertreated once acetaminophen with codeine was the only analgesic used for pain management.’
    • ‘Opiates - drugs like codeine and morphine that contain or are derived from opium - are considered low-grade narcotics.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek kōdeia poppy head + -ine.

Pronunciation:

codeine

/ˈkəʊdiːn/