AskDefine | Define drugs

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

drugs
  1. Plural of drug

Verb

drugs
  1. third-person singular of drug

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • /drʏks/|lang=nl

Etymology

From drugs.

Noun

  1. An addictive substance, which affects the central nervous system, alters the way the mind or body works and does so not for medical purposes.

Extensive Definition

A drug, broadly speaking, is any chemical substance that, when absorbed into the body of a living organism, alters normal bodily function. There is no single, precise definition, as there are different meanings in medicine, government regulations, and colloquial usage.
In pharmacology, Dictionary.com defines a drug as "a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being."
Recreational drugs are chemical substances that affect the central nervous system, such as narcotics or hallucinogens. Some recreational drugs can cause addiction and habituation. Consistent with that definition, the U.S. separately defines narcotic drugs and controlled substances, which may include non-drugs, and explicitly excludes tobacco, caffeine and alcoholic beverages.

Etymology

From Dutch droog = "dry", referring to medicinal plants preserved by drying them.

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drugs in Catalan: Droga
drugs in Czech: Droga
drugs in Welsh: Cyffur
drugs in German: Droge
drugs in Spanish: Droga
drugs in Esperanto: Drogo
drugs in Basque: Droga
drugs in French: Drogue
drugs in Galician: Droga
drugs in Ido: Drogo
drugs in Indonesian: Obat
drugs in Italian: Droga
drugs in Hebrew: סם (כללי)
drugs in Latin: Medicamentum
drugs in Malay (macrolanguage): Dadah
drugs in Dutch: Drug
drugs in Norwegian: Rusgift
drugs in Occitan (post 1500): Dròga
drugs in Portuguese: Droga
drugs in Romanian: Drog
drugs in Simple English: Drug
drugs in Slovak: Droga (omamná látka)
drugs in Slovenian: Mamilo
drugs in Serbian: Дрога
drugs in Swedish: Drog
drugs in Vietnamese: Ma túy
drugs in Yiddish: דראג
drugs in Contenese: 藥
drugs in Chinese: 药物
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