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