Definition of morphine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɔːfiːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrfiːn//
(old-fashioned morphia
BrE BrE//ˈmɔːf//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrf//
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a powerful drug that is made from opium and used to reduce pain Cancer patients are often prescribed increasing doses of morphine. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from German Morphin, from the name of the Roman god Morpheus. Morpheus is the god of dreams, and in later writings, also the god of sleep.
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