[strik-nin, -neen, -nahyn]
Pharmacology. a colorless, crystalline poison, C 2 1 H 2 2 N 2 O 2 , obtained chiefly by extraction from the seeds of nux vomica, formerly used as a central nervous system stimulant.
an Indian tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, of the logania family, having small, yellowish-white flowers in clusters, berrylike fruit, and seeds that yield strychnine.
Also, strychnia [strik-nee-uh] , strychnina [strik-ni-nuh] .

1810–20; < French, equivalent to Neo-Latin Strychn(os) genus name (< Greek strýchnos a kind of nightshade) + French -ine -ine2

strychnic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To strychnine
World English Dictionary
strychnine (ˈstrɪkniːn)
a white crystalline very poisonous alkaloid, obtained from the plant nux vomica: formerly used in small quantities as a stimulant of the central nervous system and the appetite. Formula: C21H22O2N2
[C19: via French from New Latin Strychnos, from Greek strukhnos nightshade]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1819, from Fr. strychnine, from Mod.L. Strychnos, the genus name of the plant (nux vomica) from which the poison is obtained, from Gk. strychnon, a kind of nightshade, of uncertain origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

strychnine strych·nine (strĭk'nīn', -nĭn, -nēn')
An extremely poisonous white crystalline alkaloid used as a poison for rodents and formerly used topically as a central nervous system stimulant.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
strychnine   (strĭk'nīn')  Pronunciation Key 
An extremely poisonous, white crystalline compound derived from the seeds of the nux vomica tree. Strychnine is an alkaloid and was formerly used in medicine to stimulate the nervous system. It is currently used as a rat poison. Chemical formula: C21H22O2N2.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Toxic compounds, such as strychnine and other common plant alkaloids, often have a strong bitter taste.
Around the corner sits the dispensary where she first encountered an array of lethal poisons, including arsenic and strychnine.
Macaws eat seeds containing alkaloids, a group of chemicals that has some notoriously toxic members, such as strychnine.
While brucine is related to strychnine, it is not as poisonous.
Related Words
Image for strychnine
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature