nux vomica

noun
nux vom·​i·​ca | \ ˈnəks-ˈvä-mi-kə How to pronounce nux vomica (audio) \
plural nux vomica

Definition of nux vomica

1 : the poisonous disk-shaped seed of a tree (Strychnos nux-vomica of the family Loganiaceae) of southern Asia that contains several alkaloids and especially strychnine and brucine also : the tree yielding nux vomica
2 : a drug containing nux vomica

Examples of nux vomica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regulators have issued five warning letters this year to companies selling products with nightshade or nux vomica. Matthew Perrone, chicagotribune.com, "FDA to start targeting high-risk homeopathic remedies," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of nux vomica

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nux vomica

New Latin, literally, emetic nut

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“Nux vomica.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nux%20vomica. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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nux vomica

noun
nux vom·​i·​ca | \ ˈnəks-ˈväm-i-kə How to pronounce nux vomica (audio) \
plural nux vomica

Medical Definition of nux vomica

1 : the poisonous seed of an Asian tree of the genus Strychnos (S. nux-vomica) that contains several alkaloids and especially strychnine and brucine also : the tree yielding nux vomica
2 : a drug containing nux vomica

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