lysergic acid

noun
ly·​ser·​gic acid | \ lə-ˈsər-jik- How to pronounce lysergic acid (audio) , (ˌ)lī- How to pronounce lysergic acid (audio) \

Definition of lysergic acid

: a crystalline acid C16H16N2O2 from ergotic alkaloids also : lsd

First Known Use of lysergic acid

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lysergic acid

lysergic from lys- (in hydrolysis) + erg(ot) + -ic entry 1

Note: Word introduced by the American biochemist Walter A. Jacobs (1883-1967) and chemist Lyman C. Craig (1906-74) in "The ergot alkaloids II. The degradation of ergotinine with alkali. Lysergic acid," Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 104, no. 3 (March 1, 1934), pp. 547-51.

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“Lysergic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lysergic%20acid. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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lysergic acid

noun
ly·​ser·​gic acid | \ lə-ˌsər-jik- How to pronounce lysergic acid (audio) , (ˌ)lī- How to pronounce lysergic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of lysergic acid

: a crystalline acid C16H16N2O2 that is an ergotic alkaloid also : lsd

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