berberine

noun
ber·​ber·​ine | \ ˈbər-bə-ˌrēn How to pronounce berberine (audio) \

Definition of berberine

: a bitter crystalline yellow alkaloid C20H19NO5 obtained from the roots of various plants (such as barberry) and used in medicine especially for its antimicrobial properties

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Whittel also recommends taking glow-boosting polyphenol supplements (such as berberine and curcumin). Gretchen Röehrs, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Reverse-Aging Diet (Yes, You Can Have Carbs)," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of berberine

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for berberine

German Berberin, from New Latin berberis

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berberine

noun
ber·​ber·​ine | \ ˈbər-bə-ˌrēn How to pronounce berberine (audio) \

Medical Definition of berberine

: a bitter crystalline yellow alkaloid C20H19NO5 obtained from the roots of various plants (as barberry) and used as a tonic and antiperiodic

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