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noun col·chi·cum \-kəm\

Medical Definition of COLCHICUM

capitalized :  a genus of chiefly fall-blooming Old World corm-producing herbs (family Liliaceae) that produce flowers resembling crocuses
:  a bulb, flower, or plant (as the autumn crocus) of the genus Colchicum
:  the dried corm or dried ripe seeds of the autumn crocus containing the alkaloid colchicine, possessing an emetic, diuretic, and cathartic action, and used to treat gout—called also colchicum root
April 20, 2015
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