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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: narcotique, from Greek narkotikos, from narkoun 'to make numb', from narke 'being without feeling'

narcotic

1 noun
     
Related topics: Drugs, Medicines
nar‧cot‧ic1 [countable]
1

narcotics

[plural] especially American EnglishMDD strong illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine:
the narcotics trade
narcotics agent (=a police officer who deals with the problems of narcotics)
2MD a type of drug which makes you sleep and reduces pain

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