NARCOTIC, n. A medicine which stupefies the senses and renders insensible to pain; hence, a medicine which induces sleep; a soporific; and opiate.
NAR-COT'IC, a. [Gr. ναρκωτικος, from ναρκοω, to render torpid.]
In medicinal doses allaying morbid susceptibility, relieving pain, and producing sleep. In poisonous doses producing stupor, coma, and convulsions; and, if pushed to a sufficient extent, death.
A medicine which, in medicinal doses, allays morbid susceptibility, relieves pain, and produces sleep; but which, in poisonous doses, produces stupor, coma, convulsions, and, if pushed far enough, death.
- Having the properties of a narcotic; operating as
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