Fun Fact Friday: May 8

Do you know how morphine got its name?

From Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams!1 According to Greek mythology, Morpheus was the son of Hypnos. His job was to send human shapes to people’s dreams while they slept, and his brothers Phobetor and Phantasus sent the forms of animals and inanimate objects.2


  • Barker A. 20 Drug Name Origins That May Surprise You. Pharmacy Times; December 18, 2015. Accessed May 7, 2020.
  • Morpheus: Greek Mythology. Encyclopedia Britannica. Accessed May 7, 2020.

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