veratrine
noun Etymology: New Latin veratrina, from Veratrum, genus of herbs Date: 1822 a poisonous irritant mixture of alkaloids from sabadilla seed that has been used as a counterirritant and insecticide

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  • vératrine — [ veratrin ] n. f. • 1821; de vératre ♦ Pharm. Mélange d alcaloïdes extrait du rhizome et des racines de l ellébore blanc, à action hypotensive. ● vératrine nom féminin Mélange d alcaloïdes extrait des vératres et des cévadilles, doué de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Veratrine — Ve*ra trine (?; 277), n. [Cf. F. v[ e]ratrine. See {Veratrum}.] (Chem.) A poisonous alkaloid obtained from the root hellebore ({Veratrum}) and from sabadilla seeds as a white crystalline powder, having an acrid, burning taste. It is sometimes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • veratrine — [və rā′trē əver′ə trēn΄, ver′ətrin] n. [ModL veratrina < L veratrum, hellebore, prob. orig. “plant which reveals truth” < verus, true (see VERY): the pulverized root causes sneezing, regarded in primitive belief as confirmation of truth] 1 …   English World dictionary

  • veratrine — [ vɛrətri:n, ɪn] noun Chemistry a poisonous substance consisting of a mixture of alkaloids which occurs in the seeds of sabadilla and related plants. Origin C19: from Fr. vératrine, from L. veratrum hellebore …   English new terms dictionary

  • veratrine — /ver euh treen , trin/, n. Chem. 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… …   Universalium

  • veratrine — noun A poisonous mixture of alkaloids (veratridines) obtained from the seeds of the sabadilla plant …   Wiktionary

  • veratrine — A mixture of alkaloids from the seeds of Schoenocaulon officinale (Sabadilla officinarum) (family Liliaceae), including cevine, cevadine, cevadilline, sabadine, and veratridine; a powder of acrid taste, intensely irritating to the nasal mucous… …   Medical dictionary

  • vératrine — (vé ra tri n ) s. f. Terme de chimie. Alcaloïde trouvé par Pelletier et Caventou dans les graines de la cévadille, veratrum sabadilla, L. et dans l ellébore blanc, veratrum album, L. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Vératre, et la finale ine, qui indique un… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • veratrine — n. poisonous alkaloid substance extracted from the root of the veratrum or from sabadilla seeds (occasionally used in topical ointments to treat rheumatism and neuralgia) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • veratrine — ver·a·trine …   English syllables

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