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Pronunciation: strik'nos

Definition: A genus of tropic shrubs or trees (family Loganiaceae); most South American species contain chiefly quaternary neuromuscular blocking alkaloids, curare; the African, Asiatic, and Australian species contain tertiary strychninelike alkaloids (strychnine, brucine, and yohimbine-type alkaloids).

[G. nightshade]

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