[nik-uh-tin-ik, -tee-nik]


of, relating to, or containing nicotine.
related to or imitating the action of nicotine on neurons, especially in blocking the cholinergic receptors of the autonomic ganglia.

Nearby words

  1. nicotin-,
  2. nicotinamide,
  3. nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide,
  4. nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate,
  5. nicotine,
  6. nicotinic acid,
  7. nicotinism,
  8. nicotinize,
  9. nicoya,
  10. nicoya peninsula

Origin of nicotinic

First recorded in 1870–75; nicotine + -ic

Related formsnon·nic·o·tin·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for nicotinic



1873, from nicotine + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nicotinic


[nĭk′ə-tĭnĭk, -tēnĭk]


Of or relating to nicotine.
Of or relating to niacin.

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