ve·​ra·​trine ˈver-ə-ˌtrēn How to pronounce veratrine (audio) və-ˈra-trən How to pronounce veratrine (audio)
: a poisonous irritant mixture of alkaloids from sabadilla seed that has been used as a counterirritant and insecticide

Word History


borrowed from French vératrine, from New Latin Veratrum veratrum + -ine -ine entry 2

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of veratrine was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Veratrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


ver·​a·​trine ˈver-ə-ˌtrēn How to pronounce veratrine (audio)
: a mixture of alkaloids that is obtained as a white or grayish powder from sabadilla seeds, that is an intense local irritant and a powerful muscle and nerve poison, and that has been used as a counterirritant in neuralgia and arthritis
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