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psilocybin

[ sil-uh-sahy-bin, sahy-luh- ]
/ ˌsɪl əˈsaɪ bɪn, ˌsaɪ lə- /
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noun Pharmacology.
a hallucinogenic crystalline solid, C12H17N2O4P, obtained from the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana.
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Origin of psilocybin

1955–60; <New Latin Psilocyb(e) genus of mushrooms (<Greek psīló(s) bare + kýbē head) + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for psilocybin

psilocybin
/ (ˌsɪləˈsaɪbɪn, ˌsaɪlə-) /

noun
a crystalline phosphate ester that is the active principle of the hallucinogenic fungus Psilocybe mexicana. Formula: C 12 H 17 N 2 O 4 P

Word Origin for psilocybin

C20: from New Latin Psilocybe (from Greek psilos bare + kubē head) + -in
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Scientific definitions for psilocybin

psilocybin
[ sĭl′ə-sībĭn, sī′lə- ]

A hallucinogenic compound obtained from certain mushrooms, especially of the genus Psilocybe. Chemical formula: C12H17N2O4P.
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