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muscarine

[muhs-ker-in, -kuh-reen]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. a poisonous compound, C8H19NO3, found in certain mushrooms, especially fly agaric, and in decaying fish.

Origin of muscarine

1870–75; < Latin muscār(ius) of flies (musc(a) fly + -ārius -ary) + -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for muscarine

muscarine

noun
  1. a poisonous alkaloid occurring in certain mushrooms. Formula: C 9 H 21 NO 3

Word Origin

C19: from Latin muscārius of flies, from musca fly
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muscarine in Medicine

muscarine

(mŭskə-rēn′)
n.
  1. A highly toxic alkaloid related to the cholines and having neurologic effects, isolated from certain mushrooms, especially Amanita muscaria.
Related formsmus′ca•rinic (-rĭnĭk) adj.
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muscarine in Science

muscarine

[mŭskə-rēn′]
  1. A highly toxic, hallucinogenic alkaloid related to the cholines, derived from the red form of the mushroom Amanita muscaria and other mushrooms and found in decaying animal tissue. Chemical formula: C9H20NO2.
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