[muhs-ker-in, -kuh-reen]

noun Chemistry.

a poisonous compound, C8H19NO3, found in certain mushrooms, especially fly agaric, and in decaying fish.

Nearby words

  1. muscadin,
  2. muscadine,
  3. muscae,
  4. muscae volitantes,
  5. muscari,
  6. muscarinic,
  7. muscat,
  8. muscat and oman,
  9. muscatel,
  10. muscatine

Origin of muscarine

1870–75; < Latin muscār(ius) of flies (musc(a) fly + -ārius -ary) + -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for muscarine



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

Word Origin for muscarine

C19: from Latin muscārius of flies, from musca fly

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Medicine definitions for muscarine




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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Science definitions for muscarine



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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