cycasin

noun
cy·​ca·​sin | \ ˈsī-kə-sən How to pronounce cycasin (audio) \

Definition of cycasin

: a glucoside C8H16N2O7 that occurs in cycads and results in toxic and carcinogenic effects when introduced into mammals

Examples of cycasin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While every part of this is plant is toxic and pets should not come into contact with one at all, the seeds contain a larger amount of the toxin, cycasin, than other parts of the plant. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, 7 Oct. 2020 For says there’s a compound in the plant called cycasin that can cause liver necrosis. Cathy M. Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, 6 Sep. 2019 All parts of the plant contain a neurotoxin called cycasin, which can be deadly – even in tiny amounts – to dogs and cats. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cycasin

circa 1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cycasin

New Latin Cycas cycad + International Scientific Vocabulary -in entry 1

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“Cycasin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cycasin. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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cycasin

noun
cy·​ca·​sin | \ ˈsī-kə-sən How to pronounce cycasin (audio) \

Medical Definition of cycasin

: a glucoside C8H16N2O7 that occurs in cycads and results in toxic and carcinogenic effects when introduced into mammals

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