etorphine

[ih-tawr-feen, ih-tohr-]
noun Pharmacology.
a narcotic analgesic, C 25 H 33 NO 4 , used for immobilizing large animals.

Origin:
1970–75; probably et(henom)orphine a chemical component; see ethene, -o-, morphine

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