- a white, crystalline, bitter, poisonous, central nervous system stimulant, C30H34O13, obtained from the seeds of Anamirta cocculus: used chiefly in the treatment of barbiturate poisoning.
Origin of picrotoxin
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Picrotoxin (C30H24O13) is not an alkaloid as may be seen from its formula.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
For the reaction to succeed, the picrotoxin should be tolerably pure.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
It would take up any picrotoxin or aloes if present, and thereby acquire a strongly bitter taste.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
It contains an active principle, cicutoxin, which in some respects is allied to strychnine and picrotoxin.
Contains a poisonous active principle, picrotoxin; used to adulterate beer, and by poachers to stupefy fish.
- a bitter poisonous crystalline compound formerly used as an antidote for barbiturate poisoning. Formula: C 30 H 34 O 13
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- A bitter crystalline compound derived from the seed of an East Indian woody vine and used as a stimulant, especially in treating barbiturate poisoning.
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