opiate[ō′pē it; for v., -āt′]
- The definition of opiate is something related to opium, an addictive narcotic made from the poppy, or is something that makes you sleep or dazed.
Heroin is an example of a drug that would be described as an opiate drug.
- An opiate is defined as an addictive drug made from the opium poppy that has morphine-like, soothing effects.
The drug heroin is an example of an opiate.
- any drug containing opium or any of its derivatives, and acting as a sedative and narcotic
- anything tending to quiet, soothe, or deaden
Origin of opiateMedieval Latin opiatum: see opium
- containing opium
- bringing sleep, quiet, or ease; narcotic
- Any of various sedative narcotics containing opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.
- A drug, hormone, or other chemical substance having sedative or narcotic effects similar to those containing opium or its derivatives: a natural brain opiate. Also called opioid.
- Something that dulls the senses and induces relaxation or torpor.
- a. Containing opium or any of its derivatives.b. Resembling opium or its derivatives in activity.
- Inducing sleep or sedation; soporific.
- Causing dullness or apathy; deadening.
transitive verbo·pi·at·ed, o·pi·at·ing, o·pi·ates
- To subject to the action of an opiate.
- To dull or deaden as if with a narcotic drug.
Origin of opiateMiddle English, from Medieval Latin opiātum, from Latin opium, opium; see opium.
(third-person singular simple present opiates, present participle opiating, simple past and past participle opiated)
- To treat with an opiate drug.