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noun
  1. (computing) A particular high-level programming language.
  2. (slang) $100; a c-note.
  3. (music) A musical note; middle c.
  4. An academic grade better than a D and worse than a B.
proper noun
  1. Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, incorrectly identified in the James Bond literature as "M" ("C" during WW2 was Col. Stewart Menzies - from whence "M")
cachet Tweet Definition of cachet Like Definition of cachet on Facebook
noun
  1. A special characteristic or quality.
I remember when this diner was a quiet hangout, but lately it seems to be losing its .
  1. (archaic) A seal, as of a letter.
calamine Tweet Definition of calamine Like Definition of calamine on Facebook
noun
  1. A pale pink powdered form of zinc oxide used in skin lotions
  2. The zinc silicate mineral hemimorphite
camphor Tweet Definition of camphor Like Definition of camphor on Facebook
noun
  1. (organic compound) A white transparent waxy crystalline isoprenoid ketone, with a strong pungent odour, used in pharmacy.
canella Tweet Definition of canella Like Definition of canella on Facebook
noun
  1. the aromatic inner bark of a species of Canella used as a spice with properties similar to cinnamon
cantharides Tweet Definition of cantharides Like Definition of cantharides on Facebook
noun
  1. (plural of, cantharis)
capsule Tweet Definition of capsule Like Definition of capsule on Facebook
noun
  1. (Physiology) membranous envelope
  2. (Botany) seed-case
  3. detachable part of rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing crew's living space
  4. small container containing dose of medicine
  5. weasel - suffolk slang
cathartic Tweet Definition of cathartic Like Definition of cathartic on Facebook
noun
  1. A laxative
adjective
  1. purgative; inducing catharsis
cephalosporin Tweet Definition of cephalosporin Like Definition of cephalosporin on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of a class of natural and synthetic antibiotics developed from Cephalosporium fungi, having a cepham structure.
    • 2001: Another important group of antibiotics, the cephalosporins, a class that includes more than twenty-five different drugs, are chemically distinct from the penicillins but act in the same way as cell wall inhibitors, as do vancomycin and bacitracin. " Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 63)
chloroform Tweet Definition of chloroform Like Definition of chloroform on Facebook
noun
  1. (chemistry) A halogenated hydrocarbon, trichloromethane, CHCl3; it is a volatile, sweet-smelling liquid, used extensively as a solvent and formerly as an anesthetic.
verb
  1. To treat with chloroform, or to render unconscious with chloroform.
coagulant Tweet Definition of coagulant Like Definition of coagulant on Facebook
noun
  1. A substance that causes coagulation.
Magnesium sulfate is the used in making tofu, it causes the liquid soy milk to separate into solid tofu and water.
cocaine Tweet Definition of cocaine Like Definition of cocaine on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A stimulant narcotic in the form of a white powder that users generally self-administer by insufflation through the nose.
  2. (countable) Any derivative of cocaine.
cocktail Tweet Definition of cocktail Like Definition of cocktail on Facebook
noun
  1. An alcoholic beverage containing multiple types of liquor
They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.
    • 1806, 13 May 1806 edition of Balance and Columbian Repository, published by Hudson, New York, (first appearance in print):
    • : Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters " it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.
      1. A mixture of other substances.
      "Scientists found a of pollutants in the river downstream of the chemical factory."
codeine Tweet Definition of codeine Like Definition of codeine on Facebook
noun
  1. (pharmaceutical drug) An addictive alkaloid narcotic derived from opium and used as a hypnotic, analgesic and cough suppressant; often mixed with aspirin etc.
colchicine Tweet Definition of colchicine Like Definition of colchicine on Facebook
noun
  1. A highly toxic alkaloid, chemical formula C22H25NO6, originally extracted from plants of the genus Colchicum and formerly used to treat rheumatic complaints, now used mainly in the treatment of gout.
conf. Tweet Definition of conf. Like Definition of conf. on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. conference
confection Tweet Definition of confection Like Definition of confection on Facebook
noun
  1. something sweet, as a pastry or candy
The table was covered with all sorts of tempting confections.
controlled substance Tweet Definition of controlled substance Like Definition of controlled substance on Facebook
noun
  1. (idiom) A drug deemed to be illegal by a government (especially the United States of America) except for very limited professional testing purposes.
cortisol Tweet Definition of cortisol Like Definition of cortisol on Facebook
noun
  1. (steroid hormone) The steroid hormone hydrocortisone.
cortisone Tweet Definition of cortisone Like Definition of cortisone on Facebook
noun
  1. (steroid hormone) A corticosteroid hormone, closely related to corticosterone, that functions (with adrenaline) to combat stress.
curare Tweet Definition of curare Like Definition of curare on Facebook
noun
  1. A substance containing the alkaloid D-tubocurarine, used historically as a muscle relaxant during surgery.
cycloheximide Tweet Definition of cycloheximide Like Definition of cycloheximide on Facebook
noun
  1. an agricultural fungicide
cyclophosphamide Tweet Definition of cyclophosphamide Like Definition of cyclophosphamide on Facebook
noun
  1. An immunosuppressive, antineoplastic drug used in the treatment of Hodgkin's disease and certain other forms of cancer. category:Pharmaceutical drugs
cyclosporine Tweet Definition of cyclosporine Like Definition of cyclosporine on Facebook
noun
  1. a cyclic oligopeptide, obtained from soil fungi, used as an immunosuppressive drug after an organ transplant

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