- Pharmacology. a colorless, crystalline poison, C21H22N2O2, obtained chiefly by extraction from the seeds of nux vomica, formerly used as a central nervous system stimulant.
- an Indian tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, of the logania family, having small, yellowish-white flowers in clusters, berrylike fruit, and seeds that yield strychnine.
Origin of strychnine
Examples from the Web for strychnia
Strychnia may be given in 1-grain doses two or three times a day.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Strychnia alone, or with either of these oils, is ofttimes beneficial.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
This answers well for the detection of strychnia or nux vomica.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
This extract consists chiefly of impure igasurate of strychnia, and is exhibited in similar cases to that alkaloid.
Strychnia in any doses, however minute, is a violent poison to the dog.The Dog
Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
- a white crystalline very poisonous alkaloid, obtained from the plant nux vomica: formerly used in small quantities as a stimulant of the central nervous system and the appetite. Formula: C 21 H 22 O 2 N 2
Word Origin and History for strychnia
powerful poisonous alkaloid, 1819, from French strychnine, from Modern Latin Strychnos, the genus name of the plant (nux vomica) from which the poison is obtained, from Greek strychnon, a kind of nightshade, of uncertain origin. The chemical was discovered 1818 by Pelletier and Caventou.
strychnine(strĭk′nīn′, -nĭn, -nēn′)
- An extremely poisonous white crystalline alkaloid used as a poison for rodents and formerly used topically as a central nervous system stimulant.
- An extremely poisonous, white crystalline compound derived from the seeds of the nux vomica tree. Strychnine is an alkaloid and was formerly used in medicine to stimulate the nervous system. It is currently used as a rat poison. Chemical formula: C21H22O2N2.