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aloin

[ al-oh-in ]
/ ˈæl oʊ ɪn /
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noun Pharmacology.
an intensely bitter, crystalline, water-soluble powder composed of the active principles of and obtained from aloe, used chiefly as a purgative.
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Origin of aloin

First recorded in 1835–45; aloe + -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for aloin

aloin
/ (ˈæləʊɪn) /

noun
a bitter crystalline compound derived from various species of aloe: used as a laxative and flavouring agent

Word Origin for aloin

C19: from aloe + -in
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