- a white or grayish-white, slightly water-soluble, poisonous mixture of alkaloids obtained by extraction from the seeds of the sabadilla: formerly used in medicine as a counterirritant in the treatment of rheumatism and neuralgia.
Also ve·ra·tri·a [vuh-rey-tree-uh, -ra-] /vəˈreɪ tri ə, -ˈræ-/.
Origin of veratrine
1815–25; < French < Latin vērātr(um) hellebore + French -ine -ine2
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Used as a friction in rheumatism, and the other cases in which veratrine is employed.
A dilute acetic solution of veratrine is turned to a superb red by strong sulphuric acid.
In connection with this it is interesting to note that the effect of veratrine poison on muscle is somewhat similar.Response in the Living and Non-Living
Jagadis Chunder Bose
The Continental authorities always give to cevadine the name of veratrine.
Veratrine, warmed with syrupy phosphoric acid, develops an odour of butyric acid.
- a white poisonous mixture obtained from the seeds of sabadilla, consisting of veratridine and several other alkaloids: formerly used in medicine as a counterirritant
C19: from Latin vērātrum hellebore + -ine ²
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