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Meperidine hydrochloride, a synthetic white crystalline narcotic analgesic drug with a morphine-like action, used as an analgesic and sedative. Also called pethidine or Demerol (trademark). See also opioid-related disorders. [From me(thyl) the alkyl radical CH3 derived from methane by removal of one hydrogen atom, from Greek methy wine + hyle wood + (pi)peridine]

Subjects: Psychology.

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