- a white crystalline substance found in elaterium, used as a purgative
Word Origin for elaterin
C19: from elaterium + -in
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Historical Examples of elaterin
Thoroughly triturate the elaterin with the red fat sugar, added in portions, and make one hundred 0.18 Gm.Candy Medication
Elaterin is extracted from elaterium by chloroform and then precipitated by ether.