so·​la·​nine | \ ˈsō-lə-ˌnēn How to pronounce solanine (audio) , -nən \
variants: or less commonly solanin

Definition of solanine

: a bitter poisonous crystalline alkaloid C45H73NO15 found in the parts (such as tubers and fruits) of several plants (such as potatoes and tomatoes) of the nightshade family

Examples of solanine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Potatoes that have been exposed to light will begin to produce chlorophyll (green, harmless) as well as solanine. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 10 Nov. 2021 The public would see arsenic, solanine, cyanide, and become terrified of fruit. Kate Lebo, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 The horse nettle fruits and most other parts of the plant are poisonous to varying degrees from the toxic alkaloid solanine. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 13 Aug. 2019 These green elements contain solanine, a compound that's poisonous to pups when it's consumed in large amounts. Jessica Mattern, Country Living, 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of solanine

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for solanine

French solanine, from Latin solanum

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“Solanine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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variants: or solanin \ ˈsō-​lə-​ˌnēn How to pronounce solanine (audio) , -​nən How to pronounce solanine (audio) \

Medical Definition of solanine

: a bitter poisonous crystalline alkaloid C45H72NO15 from several plants (as some potatoes or tomatoes) of the family Solanaceae

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