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

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Recent Examples on the Web These green elements contain solanine, a compound that's poisonous to pups when it's consumed in large amounts. Jessica Mattern, Country Living, "Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?," 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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