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heroin

Pronunciation: her'o-in

Definition: An alkaloid, prepared from morphine by acetylation; rapidly metabolized to morphine in the body; formerly used for the relief of cough. Except for research, its use in the U.S. is prohibited by federal law because of its potential for abuse.

Synonym(s): diacetylmorphine, diamorphine

[trade name (it was marketed as the “heroine” of analgesic drugs)]

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