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[mass noun] A synthetic analgesic drug which is similar to morphine in its effects.
- ‘Such drugs as morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and synthetic forms of morphine such as fentanyl are often used with success.’
- ‘As a result, doctors have started to look to stronger measures to treat it - including so-called opioid analgesics like morphine and oxycodone (the active ingredient in Oxycontin).’
- ‘Opioid medications such as oxycodone and morphine are recommended for the treatment of severe arthritis pain when COX - 2 drugs and nonspecific NSAIDs fail to provide adequate relief.’
- ‘If appropriate dosages of a tricyclic antidepressant (preferably nortriptyline) or gabapentin do not provide adequate relief, strong opioids such as oxycodone, morphine, or methadone may be required.’
- ‘Police said the 30-year-old actress was also in possession of the painkiller oxycodone, a morphine derivative, without a prescription.’
1970s: from oxy- + co- in codeine.
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