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 With about 7000 patients treated with aspirin and 5500 with colchicine, results could come soon, says Martin Landray, a principal investigator of Recovery at the University of Oxford. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, 3 Mar. 2021 The rheumatologist prescribed a hefty dose of prednisone and another anti-inflammatory drug, colchicine, which is used to treat gout as well as pseudogout. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2020 There’s also an oral medication that’s called colchicine. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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. 2021.

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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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