from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bitter crystalline substance made by boiling erythrin with water, alkalis, or alcohol. It is monoör-sellinate of erythrite, C12H16O7 + 3H2O, the boiling effecting a partial hydrolysis of the erythrin. When boiled with lime it is broken down into carbon dioxid, orcinol, and erythrite. It melts at 158° C.


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