alkaloid alkaloid  /ˈæl kə ˌlɔ ɪd/

Definition(s):

  • (n) natural bases containing nitrogen found in plants

Usage(s):

  1. German authorities have flagged the level of the illegal cocaine alkaloid in the all-natural drink.
  2. A vegetable alkaloid derived from leaves of the coca plant.
  3. Long used as a remedy for gout, colchicine is a slightly poisonous alkaloid compound which occurs in the seeds of the meadow saffron or autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale.

News

  • Probing the secrets of the ryegrasses: A route for synthesis of loline alkaloids

    Loline alkaloids protect plants from attack by insects and have other interesting features that have yet to be studied in detail. Chemists have developed a method for the effective synthesis of these compounds, which will facilitate further investigations in biology and medicine.
    on October 2, 2013     Source: Science Daily

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