[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.

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

nicotinic in Medicine


[nĭk′ə-tĭnĭk, -tēnĭk]


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