noun Pharmacology.

a white or yellow, crystalline, water-soluble alkaloid, C20H19NO5, derived from barberry or goldenseal, used as an antipyrotic, antibacterial, and stomachic.

Origin of berberine

1860–65; < New Latin Berber(is) (see berberidaceous) + -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a yellow bitter-tasting alkaloid obtained from barberry and other plants and used medicinally, esp in tonics. Formula: C 20 H 19 NO 5

Word Origin for berberine

C19: from German Berberin, from New Latin berberis barberry
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berberine in Medicine




A bitter-tasting yellow plant alkaloid used as an antipyretic and antibacterial agent.
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