Dictionary » V » Vegetable base

Vegetable base

vegetable base --> alkaloid

(Science: chemistry, pharmacology) One of a large group of nitrogenous substances found in naturally in plants. They are usually very bitter and although the plant may be poisonous, many have extracts that are pharmacologically active.

Examples are atropine, caffeine, coniine, morphine, nicotine, quinine, strychnine. The term is also applied to synthetic substances which have structures similar to plant alkaloids, such as procaine.


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



Results from our forum


Origins of life

... this but: What makes a child born as a non-functioning, braindead vegetable any more worthy of heaven or hell than the family dog? At least ... unfortunate) coming to "faith" will be using assumptions to base their experiments on and make models. *********And you can go ahead ...

See entire post
by AstusAleator
Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:37 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Origins of life
Replies: 327
Views: 180623


This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 1,214 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link