One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An analgesic and narcotic drug obtained from opium and used medicinally to relieve pain.
An alkaloid; chemical formula: C₁₇H₁₉NO₃. Compare with heroin
drug, narcotic, mind-altering drug, sedative, tranquillizer, depressant, sleeping pill, soporific, anaesthetic, painkiller, analgesic, anodyneView synonyms
- ‘For severe pain, oral morphine is the drug of choice and should never be denied to patients who need it.’
- ‘She was then on 1,200 mg of morphine a day, but was still suffering terrible pain.’
- ‘The first shot of morphine had not been strong enough to dull the pain.’
- ‘Mr Johnson said that sometimes Pete was on morphine to control the pain.’
- ‘He added that he spent four weeks at hospital and for the first week was on morphine to help cope with the pain.’
- ‘Despite high doses of intravenous morphine and ketamine, the pain was unbearable.’
- ‘To ease his pain, morphine was administered and the medic started to apply a field dressing to the neck wound.’
- ‘The nature of some pain killing drugs, such as morphine, means prolonged use often leads to addiction.’
- ‘Gail no longer needs morphine to control the pain and continues to enjoy a much-improved quality of life.’
- ‘He was on strong painkillers and morphine for seven days and transferred to York so that he could be nearer his family.’
- ‘It is therefore in the same category of painkillers as morphine and codeine.’
- ‘The morphine and assortment of drugs and painkillers kept her in a dream state for quite a while.’
- ‘I was so drugged up on morphine that much of my time in the care of the Special Forces is a blur.’
- ‘One of the doctors was hospitalised and had to be given morphine to control chronic stomach pains.’
- ‘I must also admit that she was doped up to the eyeballs with morphine to ease her pain.’
- ‘Abdominal pain meant that he was taking a high dose of morphine, but his quality of life remained good.’
- ‘She's in quite a lot of pain but that's being controlled with morphine.’
- ‘She was semi conscious for much of this time having high doses of morphine for pain.’
- ‘Her only relief from pain had been provided by the constant injection of morphine.’
- ‘Dosed with morphine and visibly in pain, Edwards was able to give only a limp smile and a thumbs up.’
Early 19th century: from German Morphin, from the name of the Roman god Morpheus (see Morpheus).
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