colchicine

noun
col·​chi·​cine | \ ˈkäl-chə-ˌsēn How to pronounce colchicine (audio) , 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

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Recent Examples on the Web There’s also an oral medication that’s called colchicine. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "Medical experts discuss COVID-19 trials and when a vaccine might be available in North Texas.," 21 Sep. 2020 About 6,000 patients are receiving colchicine or a placebo during the clinical trial, dubbed Colcorona, which began in March and is expected to be completed in September. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Efforts at coronavirus vaccines and treatments abound in the Bay Area," 22 June 2020 Patients receive colchicine or placebo pills in the mail and do not need to be seen in person. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "Two drugs studied in Bay Area could lessen coronavirus deaths, hospitalizations," 23 Apr. 2020 The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine — sold as Colcrys, Mitigare and in generic form — was tested in 4,745 people who recently had a heart attack. Washington Post, "New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease," 18 Nov. 2019 The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine — sold as Colcrys, Mitigare and in generic form — was tested in 4,745 people who recently had a heart attack. Washington Post, "New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease," 18 Nov. 2019 The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine — sold as Colcrys, Mitigare and in generic form — was tested in 4,745 people who recently had a heart attack. Washington Post, "New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease," 18 Nov. 2019 The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine — sold as Colcrys, Mitigare and in generic form — was tested in 4,745 people who recently had a heart attack. Washington Post, "New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease," 18 Nov. 2019 The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine — sold as Colcrys, Mitigare and in generic form — was tested in 4,745 people who recently had a heart attack. Washington Post, "New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease," 18 Nov. 2019

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circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Colchicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colchicine. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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colchicine

noun
col·​chi·​cine | \ ˈkäl-chə-ˌsēn, ˈkäl-kə- How to pronounce colchicine (audio) \

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

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