The Chemical Properties of Strychnine

Strychnine, poisonous alkaloid, C(21)H(22)N(2)O(2), found in various plants of the genus Strychnos, and obtained commercially from the seeds of the Saint-Ignatius's-bean and from nux vomica.

Strychnine is obtained in colorless or white rhombic crystals, which have a bitter taste and melt at 286 to 288 C (547 to 550 F). It is slightly soluble in water but more soluble in alcohol, ether, chloroform, and benzene, and it forms sulfate and nitrate salts that are moderately soluble in water.


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