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berberine

[bur-buh-reen] /ˈbɜr bəˌrin/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65; < Neo-Latin Berber(is) (see berberidaceous) + -ine1
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berberine

/ˈbɜːbəˌriːn/
noun
1.
a yellow bitter-tasting alkaloid obtained from barberry and other plants and used medicinally, esp in tonics. Formula: C20H19NO5
Word Origin
C19: from German Berberin, from New Latin berberisbarberry
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berberine in Medicine

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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