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lysergic acid

[lahy-sur-jik, li-] /laɪˈsɜr dʒɪk, lɪ-/
noun, Chemistry.
a crystalline solid, C 16 H 16 N 2 O 2 , obtained from ergot or synthesized: used in the synthesis of LSD.
Origin of lysergic acid
First recorded in 1930-35; lys- + erg(ot) + -ic Unabridged
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  • It had come out of the old experiments with lysergic acid and mescalin.

    Last Resort Stephen Bartholomew
  • lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations.

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British Dictionary definitions for lysergic acid

lysergic acid

/lɪˈsɜːdʒɪk; laɪ-/
a crystalline compound with a polycyclic molecular structure: used in medical research. Formula C16H16N2O2
Word Origin
C20: from (hydro)lys(is) + erg(ot) + -ic
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lysergic acid in Medicine

lysergic acid ly·ser·gic acid (lĭ-sûr'jĭk, lī-)
A crystalline alkaloid derived from ergot and used in medical research as a psychotomimetic agent.

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lysergic acid in Science
lysergic acid
  (lĭ-sûr'jĭk, lī-)   
A crystalline alkaloid that is a major constituent of ergot. It is used in medical research to induce hallucinations, delusions, and other symptoms of psychosis. The drug LSD is a derivative of lysergic acid. Chemical formula: C16H16N2O2.
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