Definition for AL'KA-LOID

AL'KA-LOID, n.

A salifiable base formed and existing in some vegetables as a proximate principle, and having only in a slight degree the peculiar properties of an alkali. The alkaloids are numerous. All, which have been accurately analyzed, are composed of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen, and their differences in comparison with each other, depend upon a variation in the proportions of their component elements.

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