- a colorless, oily, water-soluble, highly toxic, liquid alkaloid, C10H14N2, found in tobacco and valued as an insecticide.
Origin of nicotine
Examples from the Web for nicotine
Ground glass is put in food to cause internal bleeding, and nicotine concentrated by boiling can cause a heart attack.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
A man named Herbert Gilbert patented one back in 1963 that heated a nicotine solution and produced steam.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
Even after recovering from the initial sickness, patients can be left in nicotine withdrawal that lasts for days.CDC Study Finds Huge Increase of E-Cigarette Poisonings, Especially Among Children Under 5
April 3, 2014
E-cigarette users, who call themselves “vapers,” see them as a relatively harmless way to get a nicotine fix.E-Cigarettes, Facing Ban, Still Figuring Out What They Want to Be
December 19, 2013
Then there is the nicotine: a stimulant that for the addict also has the added effect of calming the nerves.My (Electronic) Cigarette Addiction
January 31, 2013
Nicotine stain on right forefinger, extending to middle of second phalanx.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
The amount of nicotine does not appear to depend on the amount of curing.
His teeth are yellow with nicotine, and his lips cracked and stained with tobacco.
His fingers were stained with nicotine, and his teeth yellow from it.
Though I had made application of the nicotine, I had but little faith in it.The Quadroon
- a colourless oily acrid toxic liquid that turns yellowish-brown in air and light: the principal alkaloid in tobacco, used as an agricultural insecticide. Formula: C 10 H 14 N 2
Word Origin and History for nicotine
poisonous alkaloid found in tobacco leaves, 1819, from French nicotine, earlier nicotiane, from Modern Latin Nicotiana, formal botanical name for the tobacco plant, named for Jean Nicot (c.1530-1600), French ambassador to Portugal, who sent tobacco seeds and powdered leaves back to France 1561. His name is a diminutive of Nicolas.
- A colorless, poisonous alkaloid derived from the tobacco plant and used as an insecticide. It is the substance in tobacco to which smokers can become addicted.
- A colorless, poisonous compound occurring naturally in the tobacco plant. It is used in medicine and as an insecticide, and it is the substance in tobacco products to which smokers can become addicted. Nicotine is an alkaloid. Chemical formula: C10H14N2.
A poisonous chemical substance found in the tobacco plant.