Definitions

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.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin (herba) thēbaia, (herb of) Thebes, Egyptian opium (from Latin Thēbaea, feminine of Thēbaeus, Theban, from Thēbae, Thebes, from Greek Thēbai) + -ine2.

Examples

  • Injecting salutaridine yielded a five-ringed opiate called thebaine, and injecting thebaine generated three similarly structured opiates: codeine, oripavine and morphine.

    Scientific American

  • Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two of the naturally occurring opiates codeine and thebaine.

    NiteLife

  • A synthetic derivative of thebaine, used as a pain reliever and local anesthetic.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • (Tylenol with codeine, Empirin with codeine, Robitussan AC), and thebaine.

    The 1999 CIA Factbook

  • "When she came back the next morning, the thebaine was all gone," says Facchini.

    Classical Values

  • Papaver somniferum, and a mutant plant that makes the morphine precursors thebaine and oripavine but can't make morphine itself.

    Classical Values

  • The scientists dubbed the enzymes thebaine 6-O-demethylase and codeine O-demethylase.

    Classical Values

  • E. coli, put the critter in a flask with some thebaine, and left it overnight.

    Classical Values

  • Injecting thebaine resulted in codeine, morphine, and a third opiate, oripavine, being identified in the urine.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • When they injected salutaridine into the mice they found thebaine, a five-ringed opiate in the urine.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • poisonous alkaloid obtained from opium.

    February 4, 2008