Definition: Alkaloid obtained from opium, which contains 0.7–2.5%, but usually made from morphine. Used as an analgesic and antitussive; drug dependence (physical and psychic) may develop, but codeine is less liable to produce addiction than morphine; codeine is biotransformed to morphine, which accounts for most of codeine's effects.
[G. kodeia, head, poppy head]
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review date: Sep 19, 2016.
Search Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Examples: glitazone, GI cocktail, etc.