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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Alcohol is much less potent than opiates, however, because it works in an entirely different way.
▪ And opium and opiate derivatives just came along with it, y'know.
▪ Because blood concentrations of most opiates are quite low even in overdose, screening is usually done on the urine.
▪ Exercising on the days of symptoms will release endorphins, or natural opiates, in the body.
▪ I had been taking opiates all night.
▪ Its affinity for the opiate receptor means, however, that it could be addictive in the same way as morphine.
▪ Oral aspirin is difficult if the patient is nauseated and vomiting and the opiate given to relieve pain may delay gastric motility.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Opiate \O"pi*ate\, n. [From Opium: cf. F. opiat.]

  1. Originally, a medicine of a thicker consistency than sirup, prepared with opium.

  2. Any medicine that contains opium, and has the quality of inducing sleep or repose; a narcotic.

  3. Anything which induces rest or inaction; that which quiets uneasiness.

    They chose atheism as an opiate.


Opiate \O"pi*ate\, a. [See Opium.] Inducing sleep; somniferous; narcotic; hence, anodyne; causing rest, dullness, or inaction; as, the opiate rod of Hermes.


Opiate \O"pi*ate\, v. t. To subject to the influence of an opiate; to put to sleep. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"medicine containing opium," early 15c., from Medieval Latin opiatus, from Latin opium (see opium). Figurative sense of "anything that dulls the feelings" is from 1640s. From 1540s in English as an adjective, "made with or containing opium."

  1. 1 Relating to, resembling, or containing opium. 2 soporific; inducing sleep or sedation. 3 deadening; causing apathy or dullness. n. 1 A drug, hormone or other substance derived from or related to opium. 2 Something that dulls the senses and induces a false and unrealistic sense of contentment. v

  2. (context transitive English) To treat with an opiate drug.


n. a narcotic drug that contains opium or an opium derivative

Opiate (EP)

Opiate is the major-label debut album by American rock band Tool. It was produced and engineered by Sylvia Massy and former Minor Threat bassist Steve Hansgen. Released as an EP in 1992, it was the result of some two years of the band playing together after their formation in 1990. Opiate preceded Tool's second major-label release, Undertow, by a year. It is named after a quote by Karl Marx: "Religion [...] is the opium of the masses". As of July 7, 2010, Opiate has sold 1,155,000 copies in the US and is certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Opiate (disambiguation)

An opiate is any of the narcotic alkaloids found in opium.

Opiate may also refer to:

  • Opiate, an alias of Danish musician and producer Thomas Knak
  • Opiate (EP), an EP and title track by progressive rock band Tool
  • "Opiate" (song), a song by the rock band Tool
Opiate (song)

"Opiate" is a song by Tool and the title track from their debut EP recorded by producer Sylvia Massy at Sound City Studios in 1991. While never released as an official single, it is one of the best known songs among their early work. "Opiate" serves as the final track of the Opiate EP and contains the hidden track, "The Gaping Lotus Experience."

The song's title and lyrics apparently elaborate on the Marxist concept that "religion is the opium of the masses". Keenan's lyrics liken religion to rape and abuse by a person or group of people to another person or group of people. The lyric "deaf and blind and dumb and born to follow, what you need is someone strong to guide you" supports this notion. Sometimes when played live, Keenan sings "...what you need is someone strong to use you". The song's chorus of "Jesus Christ why don't you come save my life, open my eyes and blind me with your lies" may refer to the antagonist, or his victim, either seeking forgiveness or salvation.


Opiates are alkaloid compounds found naturally in the opium poppy plant Papaver somniferum. The psychoactive compounds found in the opium plant include morphine, codeine, and thebaine. The term opiate should be differentiated from the broader term opioid, which includes all drugs with morphine-like effects, including opiates, semi-synthetic opioids derived from opiates (such as heroin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone), and synthetic opioids which are not derived from opiates (such as fentanyl, buprenorphine, and methadone). All opioids, including the opiates, are considered drugs of high abuse potential and are listed on various "Substance-Control Schedules" under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act of the United States.

In 2013 between 13 and 20 million people used opiates recreationally (0.3% to 0.4% of the global population between the ages of 15 and 65).

Usage examples of "opiate".

Physicians have a greater incidence of alcoholism, and they also have a higher incidence of getting hooked on medications like Talwin and Demerol and other injectable opiates because of their greater access to them.

But their opiates affect a race addicted to physical repose, to sensuous enjoyment rather than to sensual excitement, and to lucid intellectual contemplation, with a sense of serene delight as supremely delicious to their temperament as the dreamy illusions of haschisch to the Turk, the fierce frenzy of bhang to the Malay, or the wild excitement of brandy or Geneva to the races of Northern Europe.

Later, with the view of soothing the pain of the cough, and favouring expectoration, mixtures of tolu, with the addition of some opiate, such as the ordinary paregorics, may be advantageously employed.

A small basin, whose contents resemble a dark plum-pudding full of seeds, contains a paste of the much-lauded hasheesh, the opiate of Morocco, which, though contraband, and strictly prohibited by Imperial decrees, is being freely purchased in small doses.

And the corollaries of mass consumption are mass communications, mass advertising, mass opiates in the form of television, meprobamate, positive thinking and cigarettes.

According to the PDR, the active ingredient in Narcan was naloxone, which reverses the effects of opiates and induces immediate withdrawal.

The pressure in my skull explained most of my symptoms, but tests on my cerebrospinal fluid had also revealed a greatly elevated level of a substance called Leu-enkephalin-an endorphin, a neuropeptide which bound to some of the same receptors as opiates like morphine and heroin.

Ole Tombo Jefferson, Woody Wilson, Edgar the Opiate Poe, and me-the once and future journalist king.

We went on to speak of the opiate I made her take, and as she saw no change in her condition she wanted me to increase the dose--a request I took care not to grant, as I knew that more than half a drachm might kill her.

St John the Divine had taken that vacation somewhere less vulcanological than Patmos, and had stayed off the opiates while he was at it.

She had woken from her laudanum sleep, but the opiate was still in her blood and she lay without moving.

Tryl was sure that the opiates in the medicine had finally kicked in and Yai was well and thoroughly anesthetized.

Each bottle arrives with a piece of paper stating that the urine contains no detectable amounts of amphetamines, barbiturates, methadone, opiates, metabolized cocaine, benzodiazepine or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

The woman from the boarding-house, whom everybody knew was addicted to paregoric, an opiate.

Stronger drugs, such as the opiates, force the release of vast amounts of dopamine, flooding the pleasure centres in the brain - leading to intense euphoria.