sparteine

[ spahr-tee-een, -in ]
/ ˈspɑr tiˌin, -ɪn /
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noun

a bitter, poisonous, liquid alkaloid obtained from certain species of broom, especially Cytisus scoparius, used in medicine to stimulate the heart and also the uterine muscles in childbirth.

Nearby words

  1. sparta,
  2. spartacist,
  3. spartacus,
  4. spartan,
  5. spartanburg,
  6. sparti,
  7. spartiate,
  8. sparver,
  9. spasm,
  10. spasm band

Origin of sparteine

1850–55; irregular < New Latin Sparti(um) name of a genus of broom (< Greek spárt(os) kind of broom + New Latin -ium -ium) + -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for sparteine

sparteine

/ (ˈspɑːtɪˌiːn, -ɪn) /

noun

a viscous oily alkaloid extracted from the broom plant and lupin seeds. It has been used in medicine to treat heart arrhythmias

Word Origin for sparteine

C19: from New Latin Spartium, from Greek spartos broom

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