Definition of Cocaine

1. Noun. A narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become powerfully addictive.

Exact synonyms: Cocain
Specialized synonyms: Basuco, Blow, C, Coke, Nose Candy, Snow, Crack, Crack Cocaine, Tornado
Substance meronyms: Coca
Generic synonyms: Hard Drug
Derivative terms: Cocainise, Cocainize

Definition of Cocaine

1. n. A powerful alkaloid, C17H21NO4, obtained from the leaves of coca. It is a bitter, white, crystalline substance, and is remarkable for producing local insensibility to pain.

Definition of Cocaine

1. Noun. A stimulant narcotic in the form of a white powder that users generally self-administer by insufflation through the nose. ¹

2. Noun. Any derivative of cocaine. ¹

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Definition of Cocaine

1. a narcotic alkaloid [n -S]

Medical Definition of Cocaine

1. Drug of abuse and psychostimulant that acts to increase extraneuronal dopamine in midbrain by binding to the dopamine uptake transporter and hence inhibiting dopamine reuptake at the plasma membrane. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cocaine

cobyric acid
cobyric acid synthase
cobyrinic acid
cobyrinic hexa-amide
coca wine
cocaine (current term)
cocaine-related disorder
cocaine abuse
cocaine addict
cocaine addiction
cocaine esterase

Literary usage of Cocaine

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1. Maintaining Budgetary Discipline: Spending and Revenue Options edited by Sherry Snyder (1999)
"After marijuana (see Chapter 3), more people reported having used cocaine during some time in their lives than any other illicit drug. ..."

2. American Druggist (1891)
"Whether a trace of cocaine occurred in the latter, or whether it was entirely absent ... Even when cocaine is recrystallized out of hot dilute alcohol, ..."

3. Identifying and Responding to New Forms of Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from by Marcia R. Chaiken (1994)
"An Overview of Increases in Popularity of Smoking cocaine The media first ... This was more than 5 years after smoking base cocaine (later called "crack" or ..."

4. Prevention Primer: An Encyclopedia of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"cocaine is a very strong stimulant to the central nervous system, ... Nasal problems, including congestion and a runny nose, occur with the use of cocaine; ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1886)
"In operations on the membrana tympani, the anesthetic action of cocaine (five per ... In operations on the tympanic mucous membrane, cocaine has an anses- ..."

6. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1889)
"He now gave up cocaine and resumed morphine, but only for six mouths, when he returned ... With the cocaine the hallucinations returned and he began to have ..."

7. Allen's Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Modes of by Alfred Henry Allen (1912)
"cocaine is the characteristic alkaloid of coca leaves, ... Instead of endeavoring to separate cocaine from accompanying ecgonine and other ecgonine ..."

8. A Handbook of therapeutics by Sydney Ringer (1897)
"The same surgeon cautions against cocaine in cases in which it is requisite to remove ... In the treatment of glaucoma by section of the iris cocaine fails, ..."

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