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o·pi·oid

 (ō′pē-oid′)
n.
Any of various compounds that bind to specific receptors in the central nervous system and have analgesic and narcotic effects, including naturally occurring substances such as morphine; synthetic and semisynthetic drugs such as methadone and oxycodone; and certain peptides produced by the body, such as endorphins. Also called opiate.


o′pi·oid′ adj.

opioid

(ˈəʊpɪˌɔɪd)
n
(Physiology)
a. any of a group of substances that resemble morphine in their physiological or pharmacological effects, esp in their pain-relieving properties
b. (modifier) of or relating to such substances: opioid receptor; opioid analgesic.

o•pi•oid

(ˈoʊ piˌɔɪd)

n.
1. any opiumlike substance, as the endorphins produced by the body or the synthetic compound methadone.
adj.
2. pertaining to such a substance.
[1955–60]
Translations

opioid

adj & n opioide m
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