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nicotine

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noun nic·o·tine \ˈnik-ə-ˌtēn\

Medical Definition of nicotine

  1. :  a poisonous alkaloid C10H14N2 that is the chief active principle of tobacco and that is used as an insecticide



Biographical Note for nicotine

Ni·cot \nē-kō\play Jean (1530?–1600), French diplomat. While French ambassador to Portugal, Nicot introduced tobacco to France by sending tobacco seeds as a gift to the French court in 1560. Linnaeus named the plant genus Nicotiana in his honor in 1753.



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