Veratrine

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Veratrine (Chem) A poisonous alkaloid obtained from the root of hellebore (Veratrum) and from sabadilla seeds as a white crystalline powder, having an acrid, burning taste. It is sometimes used externally, as in ointments, in the local treatment of neuralgia and rheumatism. Called also veratria, and veratrina.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n veratrine An alkaloid, or a mixture of alkaloids, derived from several species of Veratrum and from cevadilla. It is an exceedingly poisonous substance, used chiefly in medicine, in the form of ointment, as an application for the relief of neuralgia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Veratrine a poisonous ointment used to relieve neuralgia
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. vératrine,. See Veratrum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

The colchiceae, from which is obtained veratrine, form an exception among the monocotyledons.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887" by Various
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" by Jagadis Chunder Bose
Veratrine is useless in the treatment of gout.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
Far more useful, in neuralgias generally, is the external application of aconite or of veratrine.
"Neuralgia and the Diseases that Resemble it" by Francis E. Anstie
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