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[sil-uh-sahy-bin, sahy-luh-] /ˌsɪl əˈsaɪ bɪn, ˌsaɪ lə-/
noun, Pharmacology
a hallucinogenic crystalline solid, C 1 2 H 1 7 N 2 O 4 P, obtained from the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana.
Origin of psilocybin
1955-60; < New Latin Psilocyb(e) genus of mushrooms (< Greek psīló(s) bare + kýbē head) + -in2 Unabridged
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  • It lasts several hours longer than either MDMA or psilocybin, and it has the greatest risk profile of any psychedelic.

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British Dictionary definitions for psilocybin


/ˌsɪləˈsaɪbɪn; ˌsaɪlə-/
a crystalline phosphate ester that is the active principle of the hallucinogenic fungus Psilocybe mexicana. Formula: C12H17N2O4P
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin Psilocybe (from Greek psilos bare + kubē head) + -in
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Word Origin and History for psilocybin

1958, from Modern Latin psilocybe, name of a Central American species of mushroom, from Greek psilos "bare" (see psilo-) + kybe "head."

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psilocybin in Medicine

psilocybin psil·o·cy·bin (sĭl'ə-sī'bĭn, sī'lə-)
A hallucinogenic compound obtained from the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana.

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psilocybin in Science
  (sĭl'ə-sī'bĭn, sī'lə-)   
A hallucinogenic compound obtained from certain mushrooms, especially of the genus Psilocybe. Chemical formula: C12H17N2O4P.
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