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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


codeine phosphate  listen  (KOH-deen FOS-fayt)

  A drug used to treat pain, cough, and diarrhea. It is made from opium or morphine and binds to opioid receptors in the central nervous system. Codeine phosphate is a type of opiate, a type of analgesic agent, a type of antitussive agent, and a type of antidiarrheal agent.