noun[mass noun] Chemistry
A poisonous substance consisting of a mixture of alkaloids which occurs in the seeds of sabadilla and related plants.
- 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.
Early 19th century: from French vératrine, from Latin veratrum 'hellebore'.
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