It contains an active principle, cicutoxin, which in some respects is allied to strychnine and picrotoxin.
picrotoxin (C30H24O13) is not an alkaloid as may be seen from its formula.
For the reaction to succeed, the picrotoxin should be tolerably pure.
It would take up any picrotoxin or aloes if present, and thereby acquire a strongly bitter taste.
Contains a poisonous active principle, picrotoxin; used to adulterate beer, and by poachers to stupefy fish.
It acts on the heart like digitalis, and has also effects similar to picrotoxin.
picrotoxinin exists in picrotoxin in the proportion of 32 to 100, and may be separated by boiling in benzine.
It contains a bitter poisonous principle, picrotoxin, used in small doses to control the night sweats of phthisis.
picrotoxin pic·ro·tox·in (pĭk'rə-tŏk'sĭn)
A bitter crystalline compound derived from the seed of an East Indian woody vine and used as a stimulant, especially in treating barbiturate poisoning.