picrotoxin

noun pic·ro·tox·in \ ˌpi-krō-ˈtäk-sən \

Definition of picrotoxin

: a poisonous bitter crystalline stimulant and convulsive substance C30H34O13 obtained from the berry of a southeast Asian vine (Anamirta cocculus) and used intravenously as an antidote for barbiturate poisoning

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picrotoxin

noun pic·ro·tox·in \ ˌpik-rō-ˈtäk-sən \

medical Definition of picrotoxin

: a poisonous bitter crystalline principle C30H34O13 found especially in cocculus that is a compound of picrotoxinin and picrotin and is a stimulant and convulsant drug administered intravenously as an antidote for poisoning by overdoses of barbiturates

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