|1.||any of a group of drugs, such as heroin, morphine, and pethidine, that produce numbness and stupor. They are used medicinally to relieve pain but are sometimes also taken for their pleasant effects; prolonged use may cause addiction|
|2.||anything that relieves pain or induces sleep, mental numbness, etc|
|3.||any illegal drug|
|4.||of, relating to, or designating narcotics|
|5.||of or relating to narcotics addicts or users|
|6.||of or relating to narcosis|
|[C14: via Medieval Latin from Greek narkōtikós, from narkoūn to render numb, from narkē numbness]|
narcotic nar·cot·ic (när-kŏt'ĭk)
A drug derived from opium or opiumlike compounds, with potent analgesic effects associated with significant alteration of mood and behavior, and with the potential for dependence and tolerance following repeated administration. adj.
Capable of inducing a state of stuporous analgesia.
|narcotic (när-kŏt'ĭk) Pronunciation Key
Any of a group of highly addictive analgesic drugs derived from opium or opiumlike compounds. Narcotics can cause drowsiness and significant alterations of mood and behavior.