[kol-chuh-seen, -sin, kol-kuh-]
- a pale yellow, crystalline alkaloid, C22H25NO6, the active principle of colchicum.
Origin of colchicine
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Casper puts the lethal dose of colchicine at from 25 to 30 mgrms.
This year we have treated a number of seedlings with colchicine.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
It is, therefore, evident that there are in man no constant pathological changes from colchicine poisoning.
It is much stronger than the common extract, and contains the acetate of colchicine.
When that is done, colchicine may be found to exhibit a definite chemical interaction with this hitherto undiscovered substance.
- a pale-yellow crystalline alkaloid extracted from seeds or corms of the autumn crocus. It is used in the treatment of gout and to create polyploid plants by inhibiting chromosome separation during meiosis. Formula: C 22 H 25 NO 6
C19: from colchicum + -ine ²
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