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[ver-uh-treen, -trin]
noun Chemistry.
  1. 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.
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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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Historical Examples of veratrine

  • Used as a friction in rheumatism, and the other cases in which veratrine is employed.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • 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.

  • The Continental authorities always give to cevadine the name of veratrine.

  • Veratrine, warmed with syrupy phosphoric acid, develops an odour of butyric acid.

British Dictionary definitions for veratrine


veratrin (ˈvɛrətrɪn)

  1. a white poisonous mixture obtained from the seeds of sabadilla, consisting of veratridine and several other alkaloids: formerly used in medicine as a counterirritant
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Word Origin for veratrine

C19: from Latin vērātrum hellebore + -ine ²
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