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A tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug.

[New Latin, perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin labdanum, labdanum; see labdanum.]


1. (Pharmacology) a tincture of opium
2. (Pharmacology) (formerly) any medicine of which opium was the main ingredient
[C16: New Latin, name chosen by Paracelsus for a preparation probably containing opium, perhaps based on labdanum]


(ˈlɔd n əm, ˈlɔd nəm)

1. a tincture of opium.
2. Obs. any preparation in which opium is the chief ingredient.
[1595–1605; < New Latin; orig. Medieval Latin variant of ladanum (see labdanum); arbitrarily used by Paracelsus to name a remedy based on opium]


tincture of opium or any preparation, especially in liquid form, in which opium is the main ingredient.
See also: Drugs


Laudanum was a painkiller containing opium and could be openly purchased without a prescription in any drugstore.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laudanum - narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient
opiate - a narcotic drug that contains opium or an opium derivative


[ˈlɔːdnəm] Nláudano m


nLaudanum nt


[ˈlɔːdnəm] nlaudano
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His story was this: He had been originally nurtured among the crazy society of Neskyeuna Shakers, where he had been a great prophet; in their cracked, secret meetings having several times descended from heaven by the way of a trap-door, announcing the speedy opening of the seventh vial, which he carried in his vest-pocket; but, which, instead of containing gunpowder, was supposed to be charged with laudanum.
I have always found Laudanum relieve the pain better than anything else," she said, trifling with the bottles on the counter, and looking at them while she spoke, instead of looking at the chemist.
I am as rickety as a hackney-coach, I'm as sleepy as laudanum, my lines is strained to that degree that I shouldn't know, if it wasn't for the pain in 'em, which was me and which somebody else, yet I'm none the better for it in pocket; and it's my suspicion that you've been at it from morning to night to prevent me from being the better for it in pocket, and I won't put up with it, Aggerawayter, and what do you say now
I'd advise you to creep up her sleeve again: it 'ud be saving time, if Molly should happen to take a drop too much laudanum some day, and make a widower of you.
It smelt of laudanum, and looking on the sideboard, I found that the bottle which Mother's doctor uses for her-- oh
The habit grew upon him, as I understand, from some foolish freak when he was at college; for having read De Quincey's description of his dreams and sensations, he had drenched his tobacco with laudanum in an attempt to produce the same effects.
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You may consider laudanum a blessing of Providence, sir,' replied Mr.
It macerates its opium and percolates its own laudanum and paregoric.
Should she take laudanum, and end it, to have done with all hopes, schemes, debts, and triumphs?
Ever since my recovery from the fever I had been in the custom of taking every night a small quantity of laudanum, for it was by means of this drug only that I was enabled to gain the rest necessary for the preservation of life.
Who gave me the laudanum, without my knowing it myself?