morphine

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Borrowed from French morphine or German Morphin, from Ancient Greek Μορφεύς (Morpheús, the god and personification of dreams).

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morphine (countable and uncountable, plural morphines)

  1. (biochemistry, pharmacology) A crystalline alkaloid (7,8-didehydro-4,5-epoxy-17-methyl-morphinan-3,6-diol), extracted from opium, the salts of which are soluble in water and are used as analgesics, anaesthetics and sedatives; it is one of a group of morphine alkaloids.

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Μορφεύς (Morpheús) +‎ -ine.

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morphine f (uncountable)

  1. morphine

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  • morphine” in the Dictionnaire de l’Académie française, 8th Edition (1932–35).

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