Meaning of codeine

co•deine

Pronunciation: (kō'dēn), [key]
— n. Pharm.
  1. a white, crystalline, slightly bitter alkaloid, CHNO, obtained from opium, used in medicine chiefly as an analgesic or sedative and to inhibit coughing.
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