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quinine (kwɪˈniːn Pronunciation for quinine ; US English ˈkwaɪnaɪn) 



  1. a bitter crystalline alkaloid extracted from cinchona bark, the salts of which are used as a tonic, antipyretic, analgesic, etc, and in malaria therapy. Formula: C20H24N2O2

Word Origin

C19: from Spanish quina cinchona bark, from Quechua kina bark

Example Sentences Including 'quinine'

Air conditioning and quinine have made us smell better and more difficult to wipe out.
Allied troops had to resort to quinine from specially collected South American bark.
Jim Leavesley, George Biro THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES E-OMNIBUS (2001)
He finally settled on three grains of calomel, three of quinine , two of rhubarb, four of the essence of jalap and a little opium.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Q Mum has been taking quinine at night to relieve her cramps for years, but now her doctor refuses to prescribe it.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)
She believed he had gone to Java because of something to do with quinine.
Hilton, John Buxton The Innocents at Home (A Superintendent Kenworthy novel)
She simply remembered that the embryo had been affected by quinine and by rubella.
Irish Times (2002)
This can occur despite adequate treatment; drugs such as quinine have a limited effect on early stages.
British Medical Journal (2002)
Yet without them, we would not have had quinine or cinchona - used to treat malaria - and further exploration would have been impossible.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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