alkaloid

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(al′kă-loyd″)

[alkali + -oid]
Any of a group of organic alkaline substances, e.g. morphine or nicotine, obtained from plants. Alkaloids react with acids to form salts that are used for medical purposes.
alkaloidal (al″kă-loyd′ăl), adj.

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