chelerythrine

noun

chel·​e·​ryth·​rine
ˌkeləˈriˌthrēn,
kəˈlerəˌ-,
-thrə̇n
plural -s
: a colorless crystalline poisonous alkaloid C21H19NO5 obtained from celandine and other papaveraceous plants and forming yellow salts with a violet fluorescence

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary chelerythr- (from Greek chelidonion celandine + erythros red) + -ine; originally formed as German chelerythrin

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“Chelerythrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chelerythrine. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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