colchicine

noun
col·​chi·​cine | \ˈkäl-chə-ˌsēn, ˈkäl-kə-\

Definition of colchicine 

: a poisonous alkaloid C22H25NO6 that inhibits mitosis, is extracted from the corms or seeds of the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale), and is used especially in the treatment of gout and to produce polyploidy in plants

Examples of colchicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The idea that colchicine—a poison drawn from the seeds and stem of the lovely autumn crocus—could be used to prevent complications in patients undergoing heart surgery was an intoxicating one. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Clinical Trials, Health Care Startup for the Poor, The Cost of CHIP," 6 Jan. 2018 Known since the Middle Ages, colchicine had been one of those ancient discoveries that had found new life in a host of scientific and medical applications during the modern era. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Clinical Trials, Health Care Startup for the Poor, The Cost of CHIP," 6 Jan. 2018 In 2009 the Food and Drug Administration approved a new version of colchicine, which treats symptoms of gout. Mark L. Baum, WSJ, "How FDA Rules Made a $15 Drug Cost $400," 5 Apr. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'colchicine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of colchicine

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about colchicine

Share colchicine

Statistics for colchicine

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for colchicine

The first known use of colchicine was circa 1847

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for colchicine

colchicine

noun
col·​chi·​cine | \ˈkäl-chə-ˌsēn, ˈkäl-kə- \

Medical Definition of colchicine 

: a poisonous alkaloid C22H25NO6 that inhibits mitosis, is extracted from the corms or seeds of the autumn crocus, and is used in the treatment of gout and acute attacks of gouty arthritis

More from Merriam-Webster on colchicine

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about colchicine

Comments on colchicine

What made you want to look up colchicine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to express warning or disapproval

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!