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

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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

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