STRYCHNIA, n. An alkaline substance obtained from the fruit of the Strychnos nux vomica, and Strychnos ignatia. It is a white substance, crystalized in very small four sided prisms, and intolerably bitter. It acts upon the stomach with violent energy, inducing locked jaw and destroying life.
STRYCH'NI-A, n. [or STRYCH'NI-NA, or STRYCH'NINE. Gr. στρύχνος, an ancient Greek name for several plants, most of which were narcotics.]
A vegetable alkaloid, the sole active principle of Strychnos Tieuté, the most active of the Java Poisons, and one of the active principles of Strychnos Ignatii, Nux-vomica, Str. colubrina, etc. This alkaloid has an intensely bitter taste, leaving an impression in the mouth, similar to that from certain metallic salts. It is a most valuable medicine, much used at the present day.