[ ih-boh-guh-een ]
/ ɪˈboʊ gəˌin /

noun Pharmacology.

an alkaloid, C20H26N2O, obtained from an African shrub, Tabernanthe iboga, having antidepressant and hallucinogenic properties.

Origin of ibogaine

< French ibogaïne (1901) < New Latin iboga the shrub's specific epithet (said to be < an indigenous language of the Congo) + French -ine -ine2
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Word Origin and History for ibogaine



nerve stimulant, 1901, from French ibogaine, from iboga, Congolese name of the shrub from which the chemical is extracted, + chemical suffix -ine (2).

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Medicine definitions for ibogaine


[ ĭ-bōgə-ēn′, -ĭn ]


A white powdery substance that can act as a hallucinogen, a memory stimulant, or a dopamine blocker that acts by stemming the craving for heroin and cocaine without causing dependency.
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