colchicine

[kol-chuh-seen, -sin, kol-kuh-]

Origin of colchicine

First recorded in 1850–55; colchic(um) + -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for colchicine

colchicine

noun
  1. a pale-yellow crystalline alkaloid extracted from seeds or corms of the autumn crocus. It is used in the treatment of gout and to create polyploid plants by inhibiting chromosome separation during meiosis. Formula: C 22 H 25 NO 6

Word Origin for colchicine

C19: from colchicum + -ine ²
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