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picrotoxin

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noun pic·ro·tox·in \ˌpi-krō-ˈtäk-sən\

Definition of picrotoxin

  1. :  a poisonous bitter crystalline stimulant and convulsive substance C30H34O13 obtained from the berry of a southeast Asian vine (Anamirta cocculus) and used intravenously as an antidote for barbiturate poisoning



Origin and Etymology of picrotoxin

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First Known Use: 1815


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picrotoxin

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noun pic·ro·tox·in \ˌpik-rō-ˈtäk-sən\

Medical Definition of picrotoxin

  1. :  a poisonous bitter crystalline principle C30H34O13 found especially in cocculus that is a compound of picrotoxinin and picrotin and is a stimulant and convulsant drug administered intravenously as an antidote for poisoning by overdoses of barbiturates




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