nux vomica definition

  • noun:
    • A tree (Strychnos nux-vomica) indigenous to southeast Asia, having toxic seeds being the foundation of the medicinal alkaloids strychnine and brucine.
    • The strychnine tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, an evergreen tree within southeastern Asia.
    • The good fresh fruit of Strychnos nux-vomica, which contains strychnine and brucine.
    • A preparation made from the fruit of Strychnos nux-vomica, typically used as a stimulant.
    • The seed of Strychnos Nux-vomica (which see, under Strychnos).
    • The tree producing the above mentioned good fresh fruit.
    • a medicine made of the seeds of an Asiatic tree; contains strychnine and brucine; previously made use of as a stimulant
  • others:
    • The seed of Strychnos Nuxvomica, a tree which abounds in the Malabar and Coromandel coasts associated with the East Indies. Using this seed the deadly poisons called strychnine and brucine tend to be obtained. The seeds are sometimes called Quaker buttons.

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