Definition of Narcotic

1. Noun. A drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or designating narcotics. "Narcotic stupor"

3. Adjective. Inducing stupor or narcosis. "Narcotic drugs"
Exact synonyms: Narcotising, Narcotizing
Similar to: Depressant
Derivative terms: Narcosis

4. Adjective. Inducing mental lethargy. "A narcotic speech"
Exact synonyms: Soporiferous, Soporific
Similar to: Uninteresting
Derivative terms: Soporific

Definition of Narcotic

1. a. Having the properties of a narcotic; operating as a narcotic.

2. n. A drug which, in medicinal doses, generally allays morbid susceptibility, relieves pain, and produces sleep; but which, in poisonous doses, produces stupor, coma, or convulsions, and, when given in sufficient quantity, causes death. The best examples are opium (with morphine), belladonna (with atropine), and conium.

Definition of Narcotic

1. Noun. Any class of substances or drugs, that reduces pain, induces sleep and may alter mood or behaviour. ¹

2. Noun. Any type of numbing drug. ¹

3. Noun. Certain illegal drugs. ¹

4. Adjective. Of, or relating to narcotics. ¹

5. Adjective. Inducing sleep; causing narcosis. ¹

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Definition of Narcotic

1. a drug that dulls the senses [n -S]

Medical Definition of Narcotic

1. 1. Pertaining to or producing narcosis. 2. An agent that produces insensibility or stupor, applied especially to the opioids, i.e. To any natural or synthetic drug that has morphine like actions. Origin: Gr. Narkotikos = benumbing, deadening This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Narcotic

narcotic (current term)
narcotic analgesic agent
narcotic analgesics
narcotic antagonist
narcotic antagonists
narcotic blockade
narcotic hunger
narcotic reversal

Literary usage of Narcotic

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1. Mexican and American Responses to the International Narcotics Threat edited by Jesse Helms (1999)
"If I could ask that there be order in the committee room, we will begin our next panel with Mr. Tim Nelson, Chairman of the National narcotic Officers' ..."

2. On Poisons, in Relation to Medical Jurisprudence and Medicine by Alfred Swaine Taylor, Robert Eglesfeld Griffith (1848)
"The brain is the organ, upon which a narcotic poison chiefly acts ; but in some ... The distinction between irritant and narcotic poisons is well-marked, ..."

3. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1884)
"The paper by Dr. von Noorden gives the results of the use of paraldehyde as a narcotic in a general hospital on all classes of patients. ..."

4. The Chemistry of Common Life by James Finlay Weir Johnston, Arthur Herbert Church (1880)
"Spectral illusions occasioned by the use of it.—narcotic qualities ... The common puff-ball; narcotic qualities of its smoke when burning. ..."

5. Medical Diagnosis: With Special Reference to Practical Medicine; a Guide to by Jacob Mendes Da Costa (1900)
"narcotic Poisoning.—The symptoms of narcotic poisoning vary nore, according to ... narcotic poisons affect chiefly the nervous system and the irculation. ..."

6. A System of Chemistry by Thomas Thomson (1810)
"OF THE narcotic PRINCIPLE. IT has been long known that the milky juices which exude from certain plants, as the poppy, lettuce, fee. and the infusions of ..."

7. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention (1904)
"green, Br. Phar., 29, 68. green narcotic, assay of, 47, 425. hydroscopic, 8, 00. ideal form, 49, 564. improved hy glycerin. 1 7, 145. in Canadian commerce, ..."

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