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ibogaine

[ih-boh-guh-een] /ɪˈboʊ gəˌin/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
an alkaloid, C 20 H 26 N 2 O, obtained from an African shrub, Tabernanthe iboga, having antidepressant and hallucinogenic properties.
Origin
< French ibogaïne (1901) < Neo-Latin iboga the shrub's specific epithet (said to be < an indigenous language of the Congo) + French -ine -ine2
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Word Origin and History for ibogaine
n.

nerve stimulant, 1901, from French ibogaine, from iboga, Congolese name of the shrub from which the chemical is extracted, + chemical suffix -ine (2).

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ibogaine in Medicine

ibogaine i·bo·ga·ine (ĭ-bō'gə-ēn', -ĭn)
n.
A white powdery substance that can act as a hallucinogen, a memory stimulant, or a dopamine blocker that acts by stemming the craving for heroin and cocaine without causing dependency.

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Encyclopedia Article for ibogaine

iboga

hallucinogenic drug and the principal iboga alkaloid, found in the stems, leaves, and especially in the roots of the African shrub Tabernanthe iboga. Ibogaine was isolated from the plant in 1901 and was synthesized in 1966. In small doses it acts as a stimulant. The peoples of West Africa and the Congo region have used iboga extracts or chewed the root of the plant in order to remain calm but alert while stalking game

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