alkaloid etymology

English word alkaloid comes from English alkali, English -oid

Detailed word origin of alkaloid

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
alkali English (eng) (Western United States) Soluble mineral matter, other than common salt, contained in soils of natural waters.. (chemistry) One of a class of caustic bases, such as soda, soda ash, caustic soda, potash, ammonia, and lithia, whose distinguishing peculiarities are solubility in alcohol and water, uniting with oils and fats to form soap, neutralizing and forming salts with acids, turning to [...]
-oid English (eng) Of similar form to, but not the same as. Having the likeness of. Forms adjectives and nouns.
alkaloid English (eng) Relating to, resembling, or containing alkali. (organic chemistry) Any of many organic heterocyclic bases that occur in nature and often have medicinal properties.

Words with the same origin as alkaloid

Descendants of alkali
alkalamide alkalescent
Descendants of -oid
asteroid cannabinoid colloidal cycloid designoid factoid fibroid humanoid insectoid keloid mechanoid mong mongoloid monoid negro opioid paranoid planetoid roid schizoid solenoid sphenoid steroid trapezoid