an extremely poisonous alkaloid, CHNO, found in certain mushrooms, rotten fish, etc., that seriously disrupt the neuromuscular system if consumed
Origin of muscarinefrom Modern Latin (Amanita) muscaria, fly (agaric) from Classical Latin muscarius, of flies from musca, a fly: see midge
A highly toxic alkaloid, C9H20NO2, found in fly agaric and certain other mushrooms. When ingested, it binds to acetylcholine receptors and thus stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.
Origin of muscarineNew Latin muscāria specific epithet ( from feminine of Latin muscārius of flies ) ( from musca fly ) -ine 2