Definition of oxycodone in US English:



  • A synthetic analgesic drug that is similar to morphine in its effects.

    Also called OxyContin (a trademark)
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the meantime, if anyone out there needs some OxyContin, that addictive painkiller, give me a holler.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the book, Suzanne, on an OxyContin bender, takes off to Tijuana with a tattoo artist she hardly knows.’
    • ‘Police said the 30-year-old actress was also in possession of the painkiller oxycodone, a morphine derivative, without a prescription.’


1950s: from oxy- + co- in codeine.