Definition of veratrine in English:

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veratrine

Pronunciation: /ˈverətrēn/
/ˈverətrən/

noun

Chemistry
A poisonous substance consisting of a mixture of alkaloids that occurs in the seeds of sabadilla and related plants, used, especially formerly, to relieve neuralgia and rheumatism.
Example sentences
  • In cases of poisoning by veratrine the stomach tube should be used or an emetic administered.
  • For therapeutic purposes, the amount of veratrine used ranged from one to five milligrams per dose, in the form of pills or mixed in syrup.
  • Paeoniflorin inhibited the contraction induced by veratrine in both the epididymal and the prostatic portions of isolated mouse vas deferens.

Origin

Early 19th century: from French vératrine, from Latin veratrum 'hellebore'.

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Syllabification: ver·a·trine

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