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[hel-uh-bawr-ee-in, -bohr-]
  1. a yellow, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous solid, C37H56O18, obtained from the rhizome and root of certain hellebores, and used in medicine chiefly as a heart stimulant.
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Origin of helleborein

First recorded in 1870–75; hellebore + -in2
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Historical Examples of helleborein

  • Helleborein splits by the action of mineral acids into sugar and amorphous helleboretin.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection

    Alexander Wynter Blyth