nux vomica

noun nux vom·i·ca \ ˈnəks-ˈvä-mi-kə \

Definition of nux vomica

plural 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

Origin and Etymology of nux vomica

New Latin, literally, emetic nut


Medical Dictionary

nux vomica

noun nux vom·i·ca \ ˈnəks-ˈväm-i-kə \

medical Definition of nux vomica

plural 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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