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veratrine

[ ver-uh-treen, -trin ]
/ ˈvɛr əˌtrin, -trɪn /
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noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.

a white or grayish-white, slightly water-soluble, poisonous mixture of alkaloids obtained by extraction from the seeds of sabadilla and the rhizomes of white hellebore: 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-/.
Compare veratridine.

Origin of veratrine

First recorded in 1815–25; from French, from Latin vērātr(um) “hellebore” + French -ine noun suffix; see -ine2 (def. 2)
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veratrine

veratrin (ˈvɛrətrɪn)

/ (ˈvɛrəˌtriːn) /

noun

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

Word Origin for veratrine

C19: from Latin vērātrum hellebore + -ine ²
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