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definition of the word drug

by the Wiktionnary

From French drogue, probably from Dutch droog; akin to English dry; thus origin, “dry substance”, “herbs”, “plants”, or “wares”.



drug (plural drugs)

  1. (pharmacology) A substance used to treat an illness, relieve a symptom, or modify a chemical process in the body for a specific purpose.
  2. (pharmacology) A substance, often addictive, which affects the central nervous system.
  3. A chemical or substance, not necessarily for medical purposes, which alters the way the mind or body works.
  4. A substance, especially one which is illegal, ingested for recreational use.
    • 1971, Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Harper Perennial 2005 edition, p. 3,
      We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

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