Meaning of nicotinism

nic•o•tin•ism

Pronunciation: (nik'u-tē-niz"um, -ti-, nik"u-tē'niz-), [key]
— n.
  1. a pathological condition caused by excessive use of tobacco, and characterized by depression of the central and autonomic nervous systems; nicotine poisoning.
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