Definition for STRYCH'NI-A

STRYCH'NI-A, n. [or STRYCH'NI-NA, or STRYCH'NINE. Gr. στρύχνος, an ancient Greek name for several plants, most of which were narcotics.]

A vegetable alkaloid, the sole active principle of Strychnos Tieuté, the most active of the Java Poisons, and one of the active principles of Strychnos Ignatii, Nux-vomica, Str. colubrina, etc. This alkaloid has an intensely bitter taste, leaving an impression in the mouth, similar to that from certain metallic salts. It is a most valuable medicine, much used at the present day.

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