berberine

berberine

[bur-buh-reen]
noun Pharmacology.
a white or yellow, crystalline, water-soluble alkaloid, C 20 H 19 NO 5 , derived from barberry or goldenseal, used as an antipyrotic, antibacterial, and stomachic.

Origin:
1860–65; < Neo-Latin Berber(is) (see berberidaceous) + -ine1

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berberine (ˈbɜːbəˌriːn)
 
n
a yellow bitter-tasting alkaloid obtained from barberry and other plants and used medicinally, esp in tonics. Formula: C20H19NO5
 
[C19: from German Berberin, from New Latin berberisbarberry]

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berberine ber·ber·ine (bûr'bə-rēn')
n.
A bitter-tasting yellow plant alkaloid used as an antipyretic and antibacterial agent.

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