from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A poisonous mixture of colorless crystalline alkaloids extracted from sabadilla seeds and formerly used medicinally as a counterirritant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poisonous mixture of alkaloids (veratridines) obtained from the seeds of the sabadilla plant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A poisonous alkaloid obtained from the root of hellebore (Veratrum) and from sabadilla seeds as a white crystalline powder, having an acrid, burning taste. It is sometimes used externally, as in ointments, in the local treatment of neuralgia and rheumatism. Called also veratria, and veratrina.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alkaloid, or a mixture of alkaloids, derived from several species of Veratrum and from cevadilla.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin Vērātrum, hellebore genus (from Latin vērātrum, hellebore) + -ine2.


  • He cited documents in which it is inferred that Padre Pio asked a pharmacist for carbolic acid and veratrine but he did not explain that on the basis of other documents, it is quite clear what Padre Pio used these things for.

    Archive 2008-05-11

  • The colchiceæ, from which is obtained veratrine, form an exception among the monocotyledons.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887

  • Ptomaines are, for the most part, alkaloids generated during the process of putrefaction, and they closely resemble many of the vegetable alkaloids -- veratrine, morphine, and codeine, for example -- not only in chemical characters, but in physiological properties.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

  • Oculist said weakness was the disease, and rest the remedy – oculist recommended veratrine ointment, frequent refreshing of eyes with wet cloth, cleared his throat every minute, and was an old humbug.

    Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910

  • If it were veratrine derived from death camas it would point toward Page.

    The Treasure-Train

  • It is the pure alkaloid, or rather one of them, that we have to deal with here -- veratrine.

    The Treasure-Train

  • It was sent by the same person who stole in Barrios's office and shot him with an asphyxiating pistol which discharged a fatal quantity of pure veratrine full at him.

    The Treasure-Train

  • But it makes all the difference in the world in this case what was the source of the veratrine.

    The Treasure-Train

  • For instance, there is the veratrine that may be derived from the sabadilla seeds which grow in the West Indies and Mexico.

    The Treasure-Train

  • In connection with this it is interesting to note that the effect of veratrine poison on muscle is somewhat similar.

    Response in the Living and Non-Living


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