from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A poisonous alkaloid, C19H21NO3, obtained from opium. Also called paramorphine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A poisonous alkaloid, paramorphine, obtained from opium; not used in medicine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A poisonous alkaloid, C19H21NO3, found in opium in small quantities, having a sharp, astringent taste, and a tetanic action resembling that of strychnine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An alkaloid, C19H21NO3, obtained from opium. It is a white crystalline base having an acrid taste, and analogous to strychnine in its physiological effects. Also called thebaia, paramorphine.
New Latin (herba) thēbaia, (herb of) Thebes, Egyptian opium (from Latin Thēbaea, feminine of Thēbaeus, Theban, from Thēbae, Thebes, from Greek Thēbai) + -ine2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)