toxiferine

noun

tox·​if·​er·​ine
täkˈsifəˌrēn,
-rə̇n
plural -s
: any of several alkaloids obtained from calabash curare
especially : one C40H46N4O2 obtained usually as its crystalline dichloride

Word History

Etymology

New Latin toxifera (specific epithet of the woody vine Strychnos toxifera that yields calabash curare) (from tox- entry 1 + -fera, from Latin, feminine of -fer -ferous) + English -ine

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“Toxiferine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxiferine. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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