[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide,
  2. nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate,
  3. nicotine,
  4. nicotinic,
  5. nicotinic acid,
  6. nicotinize,
  7. nicoya,
  8. nicoya peninsula,
  9. nicoya, gulf of,
  10. nictheroy

Origin of nicotinism

First recorded in 1890–95; nicotine + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nicotinism

  • 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


/ (ˈnɪkətiːˌnɪzəm) /


pathol a toxic condition of the body or a bodily organ or part caused by nicotine
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Medicine definitions for nicotinism


[ nĭkə-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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