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Pronunciation: kwin'o-len, -lin


  1. A volatile nitrogenous base obtained by the distillation of coal tar, bones, alkaloids, and other substances; a basic structure of many dyes and drugs; also used as an antimalarial.
  2. One of a class of alkaloids based on the quinoline (1) structure.

Synonym(s): chinoleine, leucoline

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