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A highly toxic alkaloid, C9H20NO2, found in fly agaric and certain other mushrooms. When ingested, it binds to acetylcholine receptors and thus stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.
[New Latin muscāria, specific epithet (from feminine of Latin muscārius, of flies, from musca, fly) + -ine.]
mus′ca·rin′ic (-rĭn′ĭk) adj.
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(Biochemistry) a poisonous alkaloid occurring in certain mushrooms. Formula: C9H21NO3
[C19: from Latin muscārius of flies, from musca fly]
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mus•ca•rine(ˈmʌs kər ɪn, -kəˌrin)
a poisonous compound, C8H19NO3, found in certain mushrooms, esp. fly agaric, and in decaying fish.
mus`ca•rin′ic (-ˈrɪn ɪk) adj.
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