deadly nightshade


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Recent Examples on the Web The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced a crackdown on four homeopathic companies selling injectable products said to contain highly toxic substances, including lead, mercury, deadly nightshade, and strychnine. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Homeopaths sell injections containing strychnine, lead, mercury. Seriously," 16 June 2020 Some toxic plants, like hemlock and deadly nightshade, can be mistaken for edible doppelgängers. Time, "Why Modern-Day Foragers Want You to Eat Weeds for Dinner," 7 Nov. 2019 In the most high-profile case, homeopathic teething products were found to contain toxic belladonna, aka deadly nightshade. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Massive recall of homeopathic kids’ products spotlights dubious health claims," 24 Aug. 2018 Belladonna is made from the deadly nightshade plant, once used as a sedative. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "FDA to crack down on ‘snake oil’ homeopathy," 19 Dec. 2017

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1578, in the meaning defined above

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“Deadly nightshade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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