strychnine

noun
strych·nine | \ ˈstrik-ˌnīn , -nən , -ˌnēn \

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

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There were reports of stimulants like cocaine and strychnine to keep competitors alert. Todd Balf, Outside Online, "Why Haven't You Heard of Marshall "Major" Taylor?," 19 Apr. 2018 Other dangerous ingredients used in homeopathy products include nux vomica, which contains strychnine. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Beetle genitals could hold key to better medical tools: report," 20 Dec. 2017 Other dangerous ingredients used in homeopathy products include nux vomica, which contains strychnine. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Beetle genitals could hold key to better medical tools: report," 20 Dec. 2017 Other dangerous ingredients used in homeopathy products include nux vomica, which contains strychnine. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Beetle genitals could hold key to better medical tools: report," 20 Dec. 2017 Other remedies have contained a toxic substance called strychnine, which is also used as a rat poison in higher doses. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "FDA takes on homeopathic drugs with potential safety risks," 19 Dec. 2017 Nux vomica or nuxvomica is made from the same tree that is the source of strychnine, used to poison rodents and birds. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "FDA to crack down on ‘snake oil’ homeopathy," 19 Dec. 2017 Other dangerous ingredients used in homeopathy products include nux vomica, which contains strychnine. Matthew Perrone, Houston Chronicle, "Health officials to target high-risk alternative remedies," 18 Dec. 2017 Other dangerous ingredients used in homeopathy products include nux vomica, which contains strychnine. Washington Post, "US health officials to target high-risk alternative remedies," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of strychnine

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strychnine

French, from New Latin Strychnos, from Latin, nightshade, from Greek

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strychnine

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English Language Learners Definition of strychnine

: a poisonous substance that can be used in very small amounts as a medicine

strychnine

noun
strych·nine | \ ˈstrik-ˌnīn , -nən , -ˌnēn \

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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