- a greenish sediment prepared from the juice of the squirting cucumber, used as a purgative
C16: from Latin, from Greek elatērion squirting cucumber, from elatērios purgative, from elaunein to drive
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Colocynth and Elaterium have also been proved to act specifically.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
Elaterium, a substance obtained from the fruit of the squirting or wild cucumber (Ecballium agreste).The New Gresham Encyclopedia
It forms colourless scales which have a bitter taste, but it is highly inadvisable to taste either this substance or elaterium.
Its medicinal action is similar to that of elaterium, differing only in its greater activity.
Elaterin is extracted from elaterium by chloroform and then precipitated by ether.