co·​tin·​ine | \ ˈkō-tə-ˌnēn How to pronounce cotinine (audio) , -ˌnīn How to pronounce cotinine (audio) \

Definition of cotinine

: an alkaloid C10H12N2O that is the principal metabolite of nicotine

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Recent Examples on the Web Young people's blood was tested for levels of serum cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine; 0.05 to 10 nanograms per milliliter identified exposure to secondhand smoke. Allen Kim, CNN, "Over a third of American kids who don't smoke are exposed to it anyways, study finds. Most are below the poverty line.," 15 Aug. 2019 For verification, participants took a saliva test that detects cotinine, an indicator of nicotine exposure. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can Facebook help you quit smoking? Study indicates yes," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of cotinine

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cotinine

probably anagram of nicotine

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“Cotinine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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co·​tin·​ine | \ ˈkōt-ᵊn-ˌēn How to pronounce cotinine (audio) , -ˌīn How to pronounce cotinine (audio) \

Medical Definition of cotinine

: an alkaloid C10H12N2O that is the principal metabolite of nicotine and is widely used as an indicator of recent exposure to nicotine

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