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picrotoxin

[ pik-ruh-tok-sin ]
/ ˌpɪk rəˈtɒk sɪn /
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noun Pharmacology.
a white, crystalline, bitter, poisonous, central nervous system stimulant, C30H34O13, obtained from the seeds of Anamirta cocculus: used chiefly in the treatment of barbiturate poisoning.
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Origin of picrotoxin

1865–70; <Greek pikr(ós) bitter + -o- + toxin

OTHER WORDS FROM picrotoxin

pic·ro·tox·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for picrotoxin

picrotoxin
/ (ˌpɪkrəˈtɒksɪn) /

noun
a bitter poisonous crystalline compound formerly used as an antidote for barbiturate poisoning. Formula: C 30 H 34 O 13
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Medical definitions for picrotoxin

picrotoxin
[ pĭk′rə-tŏksĭn ]

n.
A bitter crystalline compound derived from the seed of an East Indian woody vine and used as a stimulant, especially in treating barbiturate poisoning.
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