nic·​o·​tine | \ ˈni-kə-ˌtēn How to pronounce nicotine (audio) \

Definition of nicotine

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

Examples of nicotine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By stripping away vaping, a method with demonstrably higher efficacy than other nicotine replacement therapies, the FDA is corralling vast numbers of Americans back into combustible tobacco. WSJ, 25 July 2022 Meanwhile, the agency has also struggled to regulate the mushrooming vaping industry, including synthetic nicotine and cannabis products. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 20 July 2022 Like, there's some indication that high nicotine use can have a negative effect on heart health, but those correlations aren't really well established. Wired, 15 July 2022 The nicotine is derived from tobacco, but there is no actual tobacco in the product. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 25 July 2022 In addition, some vaping mixtures can contain 20 times the nicotine that a single cigarette contains. Anchorage Daily News, 22 July 2022 Reducing the amount of nicotine in these products would also likely prevent people from starting smoking. Jen Christensen, CNN, 21 June 2022 Furthermore, global tobacco company, Phillip Morris, announced its plans to acquire Swedish Match - best known for its oral nicotine products. Trefis Team, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The company produces a vaping/e-cigarette device and four types of pods, which come in tobacco and menthol flavors and contain different levels of nicotine. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nicotine

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nicotine

French, from New Latin nicotiana

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The first known use of nicotine was in 1817

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9 Aug 2022

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“Nicotine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for nicotine


nic·​o·​tine | \ ˈni-kə-ˌtēn How to pronounce nicotine (audio) \

Kids Definition of nicotine

: a poisonous substance found in small amounts in tobacco


nic·​o·​tine | \ ˈnik-ə-ˌtēn How to pronounce nicotine (audio) \

Medical Definition of nicotine

: a poisonous alkaloid C10H14N2 that is the chief active principle of tobacco and that is used as an insecticide and is sometimes used in smoking cessation aids

Note: Trademarks for nicotine include Nicoderm, Nicorette, and Nicotrol.

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