cantharidin

noun
can·​thar·​i·​din | \ kan-ˈther-ə-dən How to pronounce cantharidin (audio) , -ˈtha-rə- \

Definition of cantharidin

: a bitter crystalline compound C10H12O4 that is the active blister-producing ingredient of cantharides

Examples of cantharidin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Liesch, who has been in his position for six years, said blister beetles produce cantharidin as a defense, and the chemical can cause irritation and blistering either on the skin or internally if it is ingested by a human or other animal. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cantharidin

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cantharidin

cantharid(es) + -in entry 1

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“Cantharidin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantharidin. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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cantharidin

noun
can·​thar·​i·​din | \ kan-ˈthar-əd-ən How to pronounce cantharidin (audio) \

Medical Definition of cantharidin

: a bitter crystalline compound C10H12O4 that is the active blister-producing ingredient of cantharides

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