narcotic


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Narcotic \Nar*cot"ic\ (n[aum]r*k[o^]t"[i^]k), a. [F. narcotique,
   Gr. narkwtiko`s, fr. narkoy^n to benumb, na`rkh numbness,
   torpor.] (Med.)
   Having the properties of a narcotic; operating as a narcotic.
   [1913 Webster] -- Nar*cot"ic*ness, n.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Narcotic \Nar*cot"ic\ (n[aum]r*k[o^]t"[i^]k), n. (Med.)
   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.
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         Nercotykes and opye (opium) of Thebes.   --Chaucer.
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