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[nik-uh-tee-niz-uh m, -ti-, nik-uh-tee-niz-] /ˈnɪk ə tiˌnɪz əm, -tɪ-, ˌnɪk əˈti nɪz-/
a pathological condition caused by excessive use of tobacco, and characterized by depression of the central and autonomic nervous systems; nicotine poisoning.
Origin of nicotinism
First recorded in 1890-95; nicotine + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Like alcoholism and nicotinism, the saddest results of sex diseases are social and economic.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for nicotinism


(pathol) a toxic condition of the body or a bodily organ or part caused by nicotine
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nicotinism in Medicine

nicotinism nic·o·tin·ism (nĭk'ə-tē-nĭz'əm)
Nicotine poisoning caused by excessive use of tobacco and characterized by depression of the central and autonomic nervous systems.

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