Meaning of nux vomica

nux vom•i•ca

Pronunciation: (nuks' vom'i-ku), [key]
  1. the seed of the orangelike fruit of an East Indian tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, of the logania family, containing strychnine, used in medicine.
  2. the tree itself; strychnine.
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