from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bitter glucoside, crystallizing in needles, obtained from Veronica (Leptandra) Virginica, and probably constituting the active principle of the drug leptandra.
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Take leptandrin, forty grains; rhubarb, twenty grains; morphine, four grains.
Take podophyllin, sixty grains; leptandrin and sanguinaria, ipecac and pure cayenne, each thirty grains.
Take podophyllin and sanguinaria, of each ten grains; leptandrin, twenty grains; white sugar, forty grains.
Few practitioners know how morphine, quinine, podophyllin, leptandrin, pepsin, or chloroform, are made, or how nauseous drugs are transformed into palatable elixirs; yet they do not hesitate to employ them.
The employment of podophyllin and leptandrin as substitutes for mercurials has been so successful that they are now used by practitioners of all schools.