berberine

noun

ber·​ber·​ine ˈbər-bə-ˌrēn How to pronounce berberine (audio)
: 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

Examples of berberine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, there are some supplements, like berberine and inositol, that have been shown to treat diabetes at levels comparable to medication. Casey Seiden, Verywell Health, 3 May 2024 Though the results are promising, more research is needed on berberine, curcumin, and the supplements' effects on IBS symptoms. Novella Lui, Health, 3 May 2024 Research has shown that berberine can help lower fasting glucose, post-meal glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and even LDL and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Casey Seiden, Verywell Health, 3 May 2024 Taking berberine and curcumin together might help reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), new research suggests. Novella Lui, Health, 3 May 2024 Some research shows that berberine, when combined with lipid-lowering medications, may be more effective in lowering cholesterol levels than medications alone. Erika Prouty, Verywell Health, 11 Apr. 2024 The use of berberine has also been linked to the purge of other microorganisms that can create buildup, including bacteria and parasites. Michael Carroll, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Before taking a weight loss drug, Michaels suggests looking into supplements like berberine and yerba mate tea as alternatives. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2024 With 15000mg of berberine per serving, BMVINVOL Berberine is one of the most potent supplements on the market. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

German Berberin, from New Latin berberis

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of berberine was in 1832

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“Berberine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/berberine. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

berberine

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