|1.||the dried juice extracted from the unripe seed capsules of the opium poppy that contains alkaloids such as morphine and codeine: used in medicine as an analgesic|
|2.||something having a tranquillizing or stupefying effect|
|[C14: from Latin: poppy juice, from Greek opion, diminutive of opos juice of a plant]|
opium o·pi·um (ō'pē-əm)
A bitter, yellowish-brown, strongly addictive narcotic drug prepared from the dried juice of unripe pods of the opium poppy and containing alkaloids such as morphine, codeine, and papaverine. Also called meconium.