strychnine

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

Definition of strychnine

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of strychnine

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


First Known Use: 1819


STRYCHNINE Defined for English Language Learners

strychnine

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Definition of strychnine for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

strychnine

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

Medical Definition of strychnine

  1. :  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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