Definition of meperidine in English:

meperidine

noun

  • A synthetic compound used as a painkilling drug, especially for women in labor.

    • ‘An expert panel determined, for example, that pain relievers like meperidine and pentazocine carry more risk than benefit for the elderly.’
    • ‘The most common types of prescription drugs abused by young adults are pain relievers, which include codeine, methadone, meperidine, percocet, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.’
    • ‘Although narcotics such as codeine, morphine and meperidine are effective in suppressing pain, they do nothing to treat its underlying cause, and they have the side effects of dependence and disorientation.’
    • ‘Nonepidural pain relief usually involves the administration of opiates such as meperidine.’
    • ‘Opioid analgesics such as meperidine and butorphanol are sometimes required to abort severe migraines.’

Origin

1940s: blend of methyl and piperidine.

Pronunciation