Definitions for "Alkaloids"
Organic nitrogenous bases. Many alkaloids of medical importance occur in the animal and vegetable kingdoms, and some have been synthesized. (Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)
A group of basic organic compounds, containing nitrogen and often oxygen, occurring in fungi. Many are poisons and others provide sources for beneficial drugs.
Organic compounds produced by plants. These substances constitute the active ingredients of many drugs, e.g. nicotine, morphine, quinine, caffeine.
basic organic substances, usually vegetable in origin and having an alkaline reaction. Like alkalis they combine with acids to form salts. Some are toxic, insoluble in water.