Definition of strychnine
: a bitter poisonous alkaloid C21H22N2O2 that is obtained from nux vomica and related plants (genus Strychnos) and is used as a poison (as for rodents) and medicinally as a stimulant of the central nervous system
Recent Examples of strychnine from the Web
Then, in the country's only comparable mass kill, U.S. government workers wiped out 22,000 deer with guns and strychnine to control an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
At the time, friends and the public assumed the scientist had used strychnine to commit suicide, but Kennicott’s family didn’t believe this explanation.
The ladies offer each new guest some homemade elderberry wine whose secret ingredients – arsenic, strychnine and cyanide – have a lethal kick.
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Origin and Etymology of strychnine
French, from New Latin Strychnos, from Latin, nightshade, from Greek
First Known Use: 1819See Words from the same year
STRYCHNINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of strychnine for English Language Learners
: a poisonous substance that can be used in very small amounts as a medicine
Medical Definition of strychnine
: a bitter poisonous alkaloid C21H22N2O2 that is obtained from nux vomica and related plants of the genus Strychnos and is used as a poison (as for rodents) and medicinally as a stimulant of the central nervous system
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