As nouns the difference between alkaloid and cinchona
is that alkaloid
is (organic chemistry) any of many organic heterocyclic bases, that occur in nature and often have medicinal properties while cinchona
is any of several south american trees, of the genus cinchona
, cultivated for its medicinal bark.
As an adjective alkaloid
is relating to, resembling, or containing alkali.
(organic chemistry) Any of many organic heterocyclic bases, that occur in nature and often have medicinal properties.
* See also
* chinchona, chincona
Any of several South American trees, of the genus Cinchona , cultivated for its medicinal bark.
* 2001': German chemists were the first to isolate pure drug chemicals from herbal medicines, with the isolation of morphine from crude opium in 1803 and quinine from the bark of the '''cinchona tree in 1820. — Leslie Iversen, ''Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 8)
The bark of these trees, that yields quinine alkaloids used to treat malaria.