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. [1913 Webster]

Nercotykes and opye (opium) of Thebes. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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