[ spahr-tee-een, -in ]
/ ˈspɑr tiˌin, -ɪn /
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.
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Sparteine neutralises acids fully, but the oxalate is the only one which can be readily obtained in crystals.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
British Dictionary definitions for sparteine
/ (ˈspɑːtɪˌiːn, -ɪn) /
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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