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nux vom·i·ca(nŭks vŏm′ĭ-kə)
1. A tree (Strychnos nux-vomica) native to South and Southeast Asia, having poisonous seeds that are a source of the alkaloids strychnine and brucine.
2. The seeds of this tree or a preparation or extract made from them.
nux vomica(ˈnʌks ˈvɒmɪkə)
1. (Plants) an Indian spiny loganiaceous tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, with orange-red berries containing poisonous seeds
2. (Plants) any of the seeds of this tree, which contain strychnine and other poisonous alkaloids
3. (Pharmacology) a medicine manufactured from the seeds of this tree, formerly used as a heart stimulant
[C16: from Medieval Latin: vomiting nut]
nux vom•i•ca(ˈnʌks ˈvɒm ɪ kə)
1. the poisonous seed of the orangelike fruit of an East Indian tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, of the logania family, containing strychnine.
2. the tree itself.
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|Noun||1.||nux vomica - a medicine made from the seeds of an Asiatic tree; contains strychnine and brucine; formerly used as a stimulant|
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
strychnine - an alkaloid plant toxin extracted chiefly from nux vomica; formerly used as a stimulant
brucine - a bitter alkaloid poison resembling strychnine and extracted from nux vomica