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Related to laudanum: absinthe, Dilaudid
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]
lau•da•num(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.