sparteine

sparteine

[spahr-tee-een, -in]
noun
a bitter, poisonous, liquid alkaloid obtained from certain species of broom, especially Cytisus scoparius, used in medicine to stimulate the heart and also the uterine muscles in childbirth.

Origin:
1850–55; irregular < Neo-Latin Sparti(um) name of a genus of broom (< Greek spárt(os) kind of broom + Neo-Latin -ium -ium) + -ine1

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sparteine (ˈspɑːtɪˌiːn, -ɪn)
 
n
a viscous oily alkaloid extracted from the broom plant and lupin seeds. It has been used in medicine to treat heart arrhythmias
 
[C19: from New Latin Spartium, from Greek spartos broom]

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