<chemistry> A nitrogenous base, C9H7N obtained as a pungent colourless liquid by the distillation of alkaloids, bones, coal tar, etc. It the nucleus of many organic bodies, especially of certain alkaloids and related substances; hence, by extension, any one of the series of alkaloidal bases of which quinoline proper is the type.

Alternative forms: chinoline.

Origin: Quinine + L. Oleum oil + -ine.

(01 Mar 1998)

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