berberine

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noun ber·ber·ine \ˈbər-bə-ˌrēn\

Definition of berberine

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

Origin and Etymology of berberine

German Berberin, from New Latin berberis


First Known Use: circa 1847


Medical Dictionary

berberine

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noun ber·ber·ine \ˈbər-bə-ˌrēn\

Medical Definition of berberine

  1. :  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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