picrotoxin

noun
pic·​ro·​tox·​in | \ ˌpi-krō-ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce picrotoxin (audio) \

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

First Known Use of picrotoxin

1815, in the meaning defined above

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“Picrotoxin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picrotoxin. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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picrotoxin

noun
pic·​ro·​tox·​in | \ ˌpik-rō-ˈtäk-sən How to pronounce picrotoxin (audio) \

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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