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colchicine

[kol-chuh-seen, -sin, kol-kuh-] /ˈkɒl tʃəˌsin, -sɪn, ˈkɒl kə-/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
a pale yellow, crystalline alkaloid, C 22 H 25 NO 6 , the active principle of colchicum.
Origin of colchicine
1850-1855
1850-55; colchic(um) + -ine2
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colchicine

/ˈkɒltʃɪˌsiːn; -sɪn; ˈkɒlkɪ-/
noun
1.
a pale-yellow crystalline alkaloid extracted from seeds or corms of the autumn crocus. It is used in the treatment of gout and to create polyploid plants by inhibiting chromosome separation during meiosis. Formula: C22H25NO6
Word Origin
C19: from colchicum + -ine²
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