a white, crystalline powder, an acetyl derivative of morphine, CHNO(CHO): it is a very powerful, habit-forming narcotic whose manufacture and import are prohibited in the U.S.
Origin of heroinGerman origin, originally , trademark: coined (1898) by H. Dreser, German chemist ; from Classical Greek hērōs, hero + German -in, -ine: uncertain or unknown; perhaps because of euphoric effect
A white, odorless, bitter crystalline compound, C21H23NO5, that is derived from morphine and is a highly addictive illegal narcotic. Also called diacetylmorphine.
Origin of heroinGerman, originally a trademark.
Since the 1890s from a German trademark, from Ancient Greek ἥρως (hērōs, “hero”) (due to the feelings of power and exaltation while under the influence of the drug).