Definition of berberine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərbəˌrēn/


A bitter yellow compound of the alkaloid class obtained from barberry and other plants.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: ber·be·rine

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