Definition of Quassin

1. n. The bitter principle of quassia, extracted as a white crystalline substance; -- formerly called quassite.

Definition of Quassin

1. Noun. (organic compound) A very bitter triterpenoid lactone, extracted as white crystals from the quassia tree, used in traditional Chinese medicine ¹

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Definition of Quassin

1. a medicinal compound obtained from the wood of a quassia [n -S]

Medical Definition of Quassin

1. The bitter principle of quassia, extracted as a white crystalline substance; formerly called quassite. Alternative forms: quassiin, and quassine. Origin: Cf. F. Quassine. See Quassia. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quassin

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quasivacua
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quasivarieties
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quasje
quasquicentennial
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quater in die
quatercentenaries
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Literary usage of Quassin

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1. A Text-book of Alkaloidal Therapeutics by William Francis Waugh, Wallace C. Abbott, Ephraim Menahhem Epstein (1904)
"In small doses quassin possesses the virtues of the simple non- ... But if given on an empty stomach and not followed by food, quassin is followed by a ..."

2. A Text book of alkaloidal practice by William Francis Waugh, Wallace C. Abbott (1907)
"During convalescence the arsenates of iron, quinine and strychnine, with quassin or berberine, and the resources of the reconstructive regime, are indicated ..."

3. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention (1885)
"The active principles of Quassia amara, quassin, is obtainable both ... In a healthy man quassin produces during the first days a rapid increase of the ..."

4. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1886)
"It melts at :92-i94°, and when boiled with dilute alcohol is reconverted into quassin, which crystallizes out as the solution cools. ..."

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