chapter  17
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^#.^t17: TLC of Morphine Analogs

Morphine is a principal alkaloid obtained from the opium poppy (P. somniferum). Because of its natural source, morphine and morphine derivatives are referred to as opiates. The prototypic narcotic analgesic is (−)-morphine (Figure 17.1); the remaining narcotic analgesics will be classied on the basis of their structural derivation from morphine [2].