berberine

noun
ber·ber·ine | \ ˈbər-bə-ˌrēn \

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

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 \

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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