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psilocin

[sil-uh-sin, sahy-luh-] /ˈsɪl ə sɪn, ˈsaɪ lə-/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
a psilocybin metabolite with strong hallucinogenic potency, produced after ingestion of the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; psiloc(ybin) + -in2
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  • Certain types of mushrooms contain hallucinogenic chemicals, psilocybin and psilocin.
psilocin in Medicine

psilocin psil·o·cin (sĭl'ə-sĭn, sī'lə-)
n.
A potent hallucinogenic compound related to psilocybin.

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Encyclopedia Article for psilocin

hallucinogenic principles contained in certain mushrooms (notably two Mexican species, Psilocybe mexicana and Stropharia cubensis). Hallucinogenic mushrooms used in religious ceremonies by the Indians of Mexico were considered sacred and were called "god's flesh" by the Aztecs. In the 1950s the active principles psilocin and psilocybin were isolated from the Mexican mushrooms. They are not used in modern medicine

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