Pronunciation: (strik'nin, -nēn, -nīn), [key]
1. Pharm.a colorless, crystalline poison, C21H22N2O2, obtained chiefly by extraction from the seeds of nux vomica, formerly used as a central nervous system stimulant.
2. an Indian tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, of the logania family, having small, yellowish-white flowers in clusters, berrylike fruit, and seeds that yield strychnine. Also,strych•ni•aPronunciation: (strik'nē-u), [key] strych•ni•na Pronunciation: (strik'ni-nu). [key]
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