laudanum


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lau·da·num

 (lôd′n-əm)
n.
A tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug.

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

laudanum

(ˈlɔːdənəm)
n
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)

n.
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]

laudanum

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

Laudanum

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
Translations
laudanum

laudanum

[ˈlɔːdnəm] Nláudano m

laudanum

nLaudanum nt

laudanum

[ˈlɔːdnəm] nlaudano
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Who gave me the laudanum, without my knowing it myself?
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.
It macerates its opium and percolates its own laudanum and paregoric.
I took the little fellow in my arms, when he was two weeks old, and kissed him, and cried over him; and then I gave him laudanum, and held him close to my bosom, while he slept to death.
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 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
There's Bill Sikes in the passage with nobody to do the civil to him; and you sleeping there, as if you took laudanum with your meals, and nothing stronger.
You may consider laudanum a blessing of Providence, sir,' replied Mr.
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.
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