Definition of morphine in English:

morphine

noun

mass noun
  • An analgesic and narcotic drug obtained from opium and used medicinally to relieve pain.

    An alkaloid; chemical formula: C₁₇H₁₉NO₃. Compare with and heroin

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

Origin

Early 19th century from German Morphin, from the name of the Roman god Morpheus (see Morpheus).

Pronunciation

morphine

/ˈmɔːfiːn/