Moore, James Alexander Formerly, Department of Chemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
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A group of closely related compounds obtained from the dried latex that exudes from the seed capsule of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. The major alkaloid is morphine [structure (1)], which constitutes about 12% of the weight of the crude opium resin. Some 20 minor alkaloids have been isolated from opium, including codeine (1), thebaine (2), and papaverine (3).
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