Morphine drug molecule

Morphine drug molecule

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Caption: Computer graphics space-filling representation of a molecule of morphine, a narcotic analgesic. The isolation of morphine in the early years of the 19th century, from opium extracted from the poppy Papaver somniferum, marked the beginning of modern pharmacy. Opium is one of the oldest known effective drugs, with its use as a pain-killer well documented in classical Greece. The establishment of morphine's alkaline nature prompted chemists to search for other alkaline substances in plants, which they termed alkaloids. In 1819 the alkaloid quinine was extracted from the bark of the chinchona tree.

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Keywords: alkaloid, analgesic, biochemistry biochemical, chemical, chemistry, compound compounds, computer model, drug molecule, molecules, morphine, narcotic analgesic, opiate, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutics

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