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laudanum (lôd´ənəm), tincture, or alcoholic solution, of opium, first compounded by Paracelsus in the 16th cent. Not then known to be addictive, the preparation was widely used up through the 19th cent. to treat a variety of disorders. Many literary and artistic figures, including Coleridge, Poe, Moussorgsky, and De Quincey, are known to have been addicted.

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laudanum XVI — modL. laudanum, Paracelsus's name for a medicament for which he gives a pretended prescription of costly ingredients but which was early suspected to contain opium, whence the gen. application to opiate preparations; perh. alt. of LADANUM.

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lau·da·num / ˈlôdn-əm; ˈlôdnəm/ • n. an alcoholic solution containing morphine, prepared from opium and formerly used as a narcotic painkiller.

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laudanum (lawd-nŭm) n. a hydroalcoholic solution containing 1% morphine, prepared from macerated raw opium. It was formerly widely used as an opioid analgesic, taken by mouth.

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