a white or yellow, crystalline, water-soluble alkaloid, C20H19NO5, derived from barberry or goldenseal, used as an antipyrotic, antibacterial, and stomachic.
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How to use berberine in a sentence
For a gentler approach, some practitioners prefer to prescribe herbal antimicrobials such as allicin, oregano, berberine, neem, and cinnamon for four to six weeks.
It differs from paricine in its proportion of hydrogen, and from berberine in containing more carbon.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines | T. H. Pardo de Tavera
"I have never had any real trouble with them," she continued with a little gesture of pride towards the disappearing berberine.Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete | Gilbert Parker
According to the most recent investigations, hydrastin contains berberine, and another alkaline called hydrastia or hydrastina.
But this similarity only holds in the north, and is now shown to be due to berberine immigration into Kordofan.Man, Past and Present | Agustus Henry Keane
The inner bark and roots yield a fine yellow dye (berberine).
British Dictionary definitions for berberine
a yellow bitter-tasting alkaloid obtained from barberry and other plants and used medicinally, esp in tonics. Formula: C 20 H 19 NO 5
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