a synthetic narcotic drug, CHNO, used in medicine to treat heroin and morphine addicts: it is more potent than morphine, with a longer duration of action and milder withdrawal symptoms
Origin of methadone; from (6 di)meth(yl)a(mino-4,4-)d(iphenyl-3-heptan)one
A potent synthetic narcotic drug, C21H27NO, that is less addictive than morphine or heroin and is used as a substitute for these drugs in addiction treatment programs. It may also be used for chronic pain management.
Origin of methadoneShort for methadone hydrochloride : (di)meth(yl) + a(mino) + d(iphenyl) + (heptan)one, a ketone (heptan(e) + –one).