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Definitions of opium

  1. an addictive narcotic extracted from seed capsules of the opium poppy Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The inspissated juice of the Papaver somniferum, or white poppy. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The air-dried exudate from the unripe seed capsule of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, or its variant, P. album. It contains a number of alkaloids, but only a few - MORPHINE; CODEINE; and PAPAVERINE - have clinical significance. Opium has been used as an analgesic, antitussive, antidiarrheal, and antispasmodic. Medical Dictionary DB
  4. A powerful sleepproducing drug obtained from a certain species of the poppy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Exudation of poppy containing from 9 to 14 per cent, of morphine; soporific and narcotic. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  6. The narcotic juice of the white poppy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Narcotic juice of the poppy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The narcotic juice of the poppy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The inspissated juice of the white or somniferous poppy. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The thickened juice of the capsules of the white poppy-extensively used as a medicine and in medical preparations. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. [=o]'pi-um, n. the narcotic juice of the white poppy.--n. O'PIUM-EAT'ER, one who makes a habitual use of opium. [L.,--Gr. opion, dim. from opos, sap.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  12. See Papaver-o. Colatum, Extractum opii-o. Depuratum, Extractum opii. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  13. Reddish-brown heavy-scented bitter drug prepared from juice of kind of poppy, smoked or eaten as stimulant, intoxicant, or narcotic, & used as sedative in medicine; o. den, haunt of o.-smokers; o. habit, of taking o.; hence opiumism (5) n., opiumize (5) v.t. (Vb) drug or treat with o. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. The dried latex or capsular juice of Papaver somniferum, or poppy: narcotic and poisonous. It contains morphin, codein, and many other alkaloids. American pocket medical dictionary.
  15. Syn. : o. crudum, meconium. The inspissated juice of the unripe capsules of Papaver somniferum and its varieties. Besides water, resin, fatty matter, gum, caoutchouc, pectin, glucose, and other substances not yet definitely determined, o. contains numerous alkaloids, of which morphin, codein, narcotin, and narcein are used in medicine. These bases occur in combination with meconic and lactic acids. Two neutral principles, meconin and meconoisin, have also been isolated. O. is a narcotic, acting directly upon the cerebrum. It destroys life by paralyzing the respiratory centers in the medulla. O. is chiefly used for the relief of pain, but its diversity of properties gives it a wide range of usefulness. An unconquerable longing for o. or one of its alkaloids often leads to its habitual use, which causes anemia, emaciation, headache, vertigo, wakefulness, tremor, and mental disturbance [U. S. Ph. Br. Ph.]. List of poisons and their antidotes, see in appendix [Gr.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  16. [L., Gr.] The concrete juice of the white poppy. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  17. n. [Latin, Greek] The inspissated juice of the white poppy. Cabinet Dictionary

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