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psilocybin

Pronunciation: si'lo-si'bin

Definition: The N',N' -dimethyl derivative of 4-hydroxytryptamine; obtained from the fruiting bodies of the fungus Psilocybe mexicana and other species of Psilocybe and Stropharia. Psilocybin is a congener of 5-hydroxytryptamine, with striking central nervous system effects, and is readily hydrolyzed to 4-hydroxybufotenine; used as a hallucinogenic agent (and by native Mexicans to induce trances).

Synonym(s): indocybin

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