from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An alkaloid said to be present in spigelia.
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According to Feneuille, spigeline is bitter, nauseant, and purgative, and produces a sort of intoxication (ivresse).
Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs
Chemical analysis of the pinkroot has shown that it comprises proved medical elements like spigeline, lignin, tannin, albumin and myricin.
It may be noted here that spigeline not only causes irritation, but also induces a vomiting tendency in the stomach.
Constituents: The pinkroot herb encloses alkaloids (primarily spigeline),
It may be mentioned here that the effects of the venomous alkaloid spigeline present in pinkroot is similar to those of nicotine, coniine and lobeline.