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[kol-chuh-seen, -sin, kol-kuh-] /ˈkɒl tʃəˌsin, -sɪn, ˈkɒl kə-/
noun, Pharmacology
a pale yellow, crystalline alkaloid, C 22 H 25 NO 6 , the active principle of colchicum.
Origin of colchicine
1850-55; colchic(um) + -ine2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for colchicine
  • colchicine may be taken by mouth or given by an intravenous line.
  • colchicine also interacts with several other medications.
  • colchicine can be added to prevent further acute attacks.
  • colchicine, a drug used for gout, can cause urge incontinence.
  • Treatment with colchicine of triploid triticale gives fertile hexaploid triticale.
British Dictionary definitions for colchicine


/ˈkɒltʃɪˌsiːn; -sɪn; ˈkɒlkɪ-/
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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