- a white or yellow, crystalline, water-soluble alkaloid, C20H19NO5, derived from barberry or goldenseal, used as an antipyrotic, antibacterial, and stomachic.
Origin of berberine
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But this similarity only holds in the north, and is now shown to be due to Berberine immigration into Kordofan.Man, Past and Present
Agustus Henry Keane
The inner bark and roots yield a fine yellow dye (berberine).
It differs from paricine in its proportion of hydrogen, and from berberine in containing more carbon.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
"I have never had any real trouble with them," she continued with a little gesture of pride towards the disappearing Berberine.Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete
- a yellow bitter-tasting alkaloid obtained from barberry and other plants and used medicinally, esp in tonics. Formula: C 20 H 19 NO 5
C19: from German Berberin, from New Latin berberis barberry
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- A bitter-tasting yellow plant alkaloid used as an antipyretic and antibacterial agent.
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