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Meaning of STRYCHNINE

Pronunciation:  'streekneen

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  an alkaloid plant toxin extracted chiefly from nux vomica; formerly used as a stimulant
 

STRYCHNINE is a 10 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: alkaloid, nux vomica, phytotoxin, plant toxin

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Strych"nine\, n. [L. strychnos a kind of nightshade,
Gr. ?: cf. F. strychnine.] (Chem.)
A very poisonous alkaloid resembling brucine, obtained from
various species of plants, especially from species of
{Loganiace[ae]}, as from the seeds of the St. Ignatius bean
({Strychnos Ignatia}) and from nux vomica. It is obtained as
a white crystalline substance, having a very bitter acrid
taste, and is employed in medicine (chiefly in the form of
the sulphate) as a powerful neurotic stimulant. Called also
{strychnia}, and formerly {strychnina}.

 

 

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