aloin

aloin

[al-oh-in]
noun Pharmacology.
an intensely bitter, crystalline, water-soluble powder composed of the active principles of and obtained from aloe, used chiefly as a purgative.

Origin:
1835–45; aloe + -ine2

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aloin (ˈæləʊɪn)
 
n
a bitter crystalline compound derived from various species of aloe: used as a laxative and flavouring agent
 
[C19: from aloe + -in]

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aloin al·o·in (āl'ō-ĭn)
n.
A bitter, yellow crystalline compound obtained from aloe and used as a laxative.

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