from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An amorphous, very poisonous alkaloid, C24H28O4N2 or C22H26O3N2. It is found with gelsemine in Gelsemium sempervirens.
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The active principle, gelseminine, is much used latterly by a certain school of practitioners at the North and West, with other substances of similar nomenclature.
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