psilocybin

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

After German Psilocybin (coined by Albert Hofmann), from modern Latin psilocybe, from Greek ψιλός ‘smooth’ + κύβη ‘head’.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /saɪləˈsaɪbɪn/

Noun[edit]

psilocybin (uncountable)

  1. A hallucinogenic alkaloid, C₁₂H₁₅N₂O·H₂PO₃, present in several species of Central American mushroom and producing effects similar to LSD.
    • 2005: The problem of the mushroom supply was solved straight away when Leary learned from a graduate student named George Litwin that a chemist at the Sandoz Corporation, Dr. Albert Hofmann, had recently synthesized the psychoactive molecule of the mushroom, calling it psilocybin. — Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 70)

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