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.

Nearby words

  1. alogically,
  2. aloha,
  3. aloha shirt,
  4. aloha state,
  5. aloidae,
  6. alone,
  7. along,
  8. along for the ride,
  9. along in years,
  10. along the lines of

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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Medicine definitions for aloin

aloin

[ ălō-ĭn ]

n.

A bitter, yellow crystalline compound obtained from aloe and used as a laxative.

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