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-ine

(īn, ēn),
1. A suffix used to form the names of chemical substances, including halogens (e.g., chlorine), organic bases (guanine), amino acids (glycine), botanical principles (caffeine), pharmaceuticals (meperidine), and others.
2. General adj. suffix (e.g., equine, uterine).
3. Dim. suffix (e.g., cholerine).
[G. -inos,, L. -inus, adj. suffixes]

-ine

suffix meaning a "chemical substance": chlorine, pyrrolidine, strychnine.

-ine

[L. -ina, adj. suffix; and Gr. -ine, adj. suffix]
Suffix in chemistry used in naming basic substances, e.g., aconitine, amine, nicotine. See: -in