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Origin of nicotine

nicotine

Noun 1.

a colourless oily acrid toxic liquid that turns yellowish-brown in air and light: the principal alkaloid in tobacco, used as an agricultural insecticide. Formula: C10H14N2

Derived Forms

nicotined, adjective
nicotinic (ˌnɪkəˈtɪnɪk) adjective

Word Origin

C19: from French, from New Latin herba nicotiana Nicot's plant, named after J. Nicot (1530–1600), French diplomat who introduced tobacco into France

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nicotine in Medicine

nicotine nic·o·tine (nĭk'ə-tēn')
n.
A colorless, poisonous alkaloid derived from the tobacco plant and used as an insecticide. It is the substance in tobacco to which smokers can become addicted.

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nicotine in Culture

nicotine [(nik-uh-teen)]

A poisonous chemical substance found in the tobacco plant.

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