- A bitter crystalline alkaloid, used as an antimalarial drug and also in tonic water.
- A medicine or other substance used to treat or prevent malaria.
Early 19th century: from french quinine, from spanish quinina, named after the peruvian indigenous word for cinchona bark.
- Quinine was once the only effective treatment for malaria.
- The bitter taste of quinine is often masked by adding sugar or fruit juice to the tonic water.
- Quinine is produced from the bark of the cinchona tree and has a long history of use in traditional medicine.
- Quinine is still used in some parts of the world to treat malaria and other infectious diseases.
- The discovery of quinine was a major milestone in the fight against malaria and other tropical diseases.