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Borrowed from German Psilocybin (coined by Albert Hofmann), from translingual Psilocybe (genus of mushroom) +‎ -in.



psilocybin (countable and uncountable, plural psilocybins)

  1. (biochemistry) A hallucinogenic alkaloid, C12H15N2O·H2PO3, present in several species of Central American mushroom and producing effects similar to LSD. The prodrug of psilocin.
    • 2004, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home [] , Simon & Schuster, →ISBN, page 70:
      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.
    • 2019 January 29, Tom Bissell, “An Anti-Facebook Manifesto”, in New York Times[1]:
      It’s no stretch to posit that because human neurotransmitters respond to the platform’s iconic use of a certain shade of blue, and spark with dopamine upon receiving a “like” or “tag” notification, desperate children are now living in cages and a raving madman occupies the Oval Office. Not even Orwell, after a feast of psilocybin, could have predicted this dystopia.

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