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nux vomica

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noun nux vom·i·ca \ˈnəks-ˈvä-mi-kə\

Definition of nux vomica

plural nux vomica

  1. 1 :  the poisonous disk-shaped seed of a tree (Strychnos nux-vomica of the family Loganiaceae) of southern Asia that contains several alkaloids and especially strychnine and brucine; also :  the tree yielding nux vomica

  2. 2 :  a drug containing nux vomica



Origin of nux vomica

New Latin, literally, emetic nut


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

nux vomica

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noun nux vom·i·ca \ˈnəks-ˈväm-i-kə\

Medical Definition of nux vomica

plural nux vomica

  1. 1:  the poisonous seed of an Asian tree of the genus Strychnos (S. nux-vomica) that contains several alkaloids and especially strychnine and brucine; also :  the tree yielding nux vomica

  2. 2:  a drug containing nux vomica




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