oxyacanthine

noun oxy·acan·thine \ˌäksēəˈkanˌthēn, -an(t)thə̇n\

Definition of oxyacanthine

  1. :  a bitter crystalline alkaloid C37H40N2O6 obtained from barberry root

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Origin and Etymology of oxyacanthine

International Scientific Vocabulary oxyacanth- (from New Latin oxyacantha —specific epithet of the hawthorn Crataegus oxyacantha —, from Greek oxyakantha sharp thorn, from oxy- 1oxy- + akantha thorn) + -ine; probably originally formed as German oxyakanthin — more at acanth-


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