Meaning: a toxic, addictive liquid found in the tobacco plant
- My nicotine patch is supposed to help me stop smoking.
- It's the nicotine that makes cigarettes so addicting.
Origin: Jean Nicot (1530-1600) was a French ambassador to Portugal. He introduced tobacco to France, and claimed it had healing properties. The addictive substance was later named after him.
Which is true about nicotine?
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Contributor: Tara Benwell