Definition of ricin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrīsən/


A highly toxic protein obtained from the pressed seeds of the castor-oil plant.
Example sentences
  • There was a previous radiation study of ricin, a dimeric molecule linked by a single disulfide bridge.
  • Signs and symptoms of ricin poisoning depend on whether a person inhales or ingests ricin.
  • Studies have been performed on ricin as a possible anticancer agent.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Ricinus communis (denoting the castor-oil plant) + -in1.

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Syllabification: ri·cin

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