Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A highly poisonous narcotic alkaloid, C30H47NO7, obtained from the roots and leaves of several species of Aconitum. It forms white powdery grains, or a compact, vitreous, transparent mass; is bitter, acrid, and very soluble in alcohol. It is an important remedy in neuralgia, especially of the fifth cranial nerve. Also called
“A speedy return of the temperature to normal, a very marked diminution of the pain and improved conditions generally, appear coincident with the symptoms of full physiological effect of aconitin when given in cases of laminitis, which constitutes assuredly an important part of its treatment.”
“The early and vigorous administration of aconitin in laminitis to its full physiological effect, is more logical.”
“Furthermore, in laminitis there is an elevation of the temperature, an almost invariable indication for aconitin.”
“In this case, it not only proves to be aconitin but the starch granules themselves can be recognized.”
“As in the case of most of the poisonous alkaloids, aconitin does not produce any decidedly characteristic post-mortem appearances.”
“I had an idea that it might be aconitin poisoning," he said.”
“Owing to its exceeding toxic nature, the smallness of the dose required to produce death, and the lack of tests for recognition, aconitin possesses rather more interest in legal medicine than most other poisons.”
“The dose of the active principle, aconitin nitrate, is about one six-hundredth of a grain.”
“Pure aconitin is probably the most actively poisonous substance with which we are acquainted and, if administered hypodermically, the alkaloid is even more powerfully poisonous than when taken by the mouth.”
“Aconite," he answered slowly, "of which the active principle is the deadly poisonous alkaloid, aconitin.”
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