a bitter, white or colorless, crystalline narcotic alkaloid, CHNO·HO, derived from opium and used in medicine to relieve pain
Origin of morphineGerman morphin or French morphine ; from Modern Latin morphium, so named (1811) by F. W. A. Sertürner (1783-1841), German pharmacist ; from Classical Latin Morpheus: see Morpheus
A bitter crystalline alkaloid, C17H19NO3·H2O, extracted from opium, the soluble salts of which are used in medicine as an analgesic, a light anesthetic, or a sedative. Also called morphia.
Origin of morphineFrench, from Morphée, Morpheus, from Latin Morpheus.