Street name for OxyContin, prescription painkiller that has become a popular and dangerous recreational drug. OxyContin is a time-release morphine-like narcotic intended to relieve chronic pain of moderate to severe proportions. One pill of OxyContin is designed to last 12 hours. The active ingredient in OxyContin is oxycodone, an opioid, a close relative of morphine, heroin, codeine, fentanyl, and methadone. "Oxy" has been widely abused. It is highly addicting. Those who abuse it usually crush the pills — to disable their time-release mechanism — and then snort or inject them for a powerful and immediate opiate high.
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oxy 'äk-sē adj containing oxygen or additional oxygen often used in combination <oxyhemoglobin>

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  • Oxy — may refer to: Chemistry Oxy or oxo is a term used to describe a ketone functional group Oxy is a slang name for oxygen acetylene welding Oxy is the name of a character from the Molecularium Oxy is the brand name for a line of acne care products… …   Wikipedia

  • oxy- — 1 [äk′si, äk′sə, äk′sē] [< OXY(GEN)] combining form 1. containing oxygen [oxyacetylene, oxyhemoglobin] 2. containing the hydroxyl radical [oxytetracycline]: in this sense HYDROXY is preferred oxy 2 [äk′si, äk′sə, äk′sē] [< Gr oxys, sharp,… …   English World dictionary

  • oxy... — oxy..., Oxy... 〈Chem.; veraltet für〉 oxi..., Oxi... * * * Oxy...   [gekürzt aus Oxygenium], veraltete Bezeichnung für die Hydroxylgruppe bei organischen Verbindungen (Hydroxy...); charakterisiert allgemein, dass ein Sauerstoffatom an zwei Atome… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Oxy- — Ox y (Chem.) A prefix, also used adjectively, designating: (a) A compound containing oxygen. (b) A compound containing the hydroxyl group, more properly designated by hydroxy . See {Hydroxy }. [1913 Webster] {Oxy acid}. See {Oxyacid} (below).… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oxy- — 1 a combining form meaning sharp, acute, keen, pointed, acid, used in the formation of compound words: oxycephalic; oxygen; oxymoron. [ < Gk, comb. form of oxýs sharp, keen, acid] oxy 2 a combining form representing oxygen in compound words,… …   Universalium

  • oxy... — oxy..., Oxy... <zu gr. oxýs »scharf, sauer«> Wortbildungselement mit den Bedeutungen: a) »scharf, herb, sauer«, z. B. Oxymoron, u. b) »Sauerstoff enthaltend, brauchend«, z. B. Oxygenation …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • oxy- — from Gk. oxy , comb. form of oxys sharp, pungent (see ACRID (Cf. acrid)). Also used as a comb. form of OXYGEN (Cf. oxygen) …   Etymology dictionary

  • oxy- — 1 combining form denoting sharpness: oxytone. Origin from Gk oxus sharp . oxy 2 (also ox ) combining form Chemistry representing oxygen …   English new terms dictionary

  • Oxy... — Oxy... (v. gr.), scharf, herb, sauer …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Oxy... — Oxy... (griech.), scharf, sauer, häufig in Zusammensetzungen (Oxymel, Sauerhonig), besonders bei chemischen Verbindungen, wo es sauerstoffhaltig bedeutet …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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