nicotine

noun
nic·​o·​tine | \ ˈni-kə-ˌtēn \

Definition of nicotine

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

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Health officials say nicotine is harmful to developing brains. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom," 17 Dec. 2018 But health officials have warned nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains. Fox News, "Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban," 13 Sep. 2018 That liquid usually contains nicotine along with a mixture of chemicals and flavorings. Karen Kaplan, The Seattle Times, "Vaping among teens spikes, luring new generation of kids into tobacco use," 18 Dec. 2018 Jeff Bornstein, the shark-fishing, nicotine-gum-chomping, weightlifting CFO, was crying. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 And if cigarette taxes go up, the health department can track the impact on cigarettes and nicotine gum. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things," 7 Dec. 2018 What’s concerning about Juul is that each pod pack contains as much nicotine as one to two packs of cigarettes. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Instead of burning tobacco to deliver a nicotine hit, e-cigarettes use a battery to heat a liquid that gives the user the same kind of kick. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Big tobacco just spent $12.8 billion to get a taste of Juul," 20 Dec. 2018 What the company claims to not have expected, however, is that teens across the country would get addicted to nicotine by using the flash drive-looking vapes. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About the Juul Flavor Ban," 15 Nov. 2018

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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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nicotine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nicotine

: a poisonous substance in tobacco that makes it difficult for people to stop smoking cigarettes

nicotine

noun
nic·​o·​tine | \ ˈni-kə-ˌtēn \

Kids Definition of nicotine

: a poisonous substance found in small amounts in tobacco

nicotine

noun
nic·​o·​tine | \ ˈnik-ə-ˌtēn \

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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