Definition of berberine in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbəːbəriːn


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A bitter yellow compound of the alkaloid class, obtained from barberry and other plants.
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    • Berberine hemi-sulphate is an acid salt of the alkaloid berberine, which has been used supposedly to confirm the presence of suberin in plant roots.
    • The staining pattern was similar to that obtained with berberine - aniline blue.
    • Goldenseal is rich in an antibiotic compound called berberine.


early 19th century: from berberis + -ine4.

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