aloin

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

Origin of aloin

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

aloin

noun
  1. 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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aloin in Medicine

aloin

[ălō-ĭn]
n.
  1. A bitter, yellow crystalline compound obtained from aloe and used as a laxative.
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