Definition of Berberine

1. n. An alkaloid obtained, as a bitter, yellow substance, from the root of the barberry, gold thread, and other plants.



Definition of Berberine

1. Noun. (chemistry) An alkaloid obtained, as a bitter, yellow substance, from the root of the barberry, gold thread, and other plants. ¹

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Definition of Berberine

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Medical Definition of Berberine

1. A toxic organic substance with the chemical formula C20H19NO5 which is found in the roots of certain plants such as barberry and golden seal. It kills amoebas (is an amebicide) and is used to treat cholera. It cannot be dissolved in water, but is soluble in alcohol and ether. It has a melting point of 145 degrees Celsius when dry. As a solid, it is a white to yellow crystalline alkaloid. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Berberine

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beration
berattle
beraunite
beray
berayed
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berays
berbamunine synthase
berbe
berberin
berberine (current term)
berberines
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berberis
berberises
berberries
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berborite
berborites
bercaries
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berceau
berceaux
berceuse
berceuses

Literary usage of Berberine

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1. Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Proximate by Alfred Henry Allen, Henry Leffmann (1892)
"berberine is an alkaloid occurring in a very large number of plants, ... The principal sources of berberine and the associated alkaloids are the roots of ..."

2. Allen's Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Modes of by Alfred Henry Allen (1917)
"The endosperm after treatment with ether is extracted with hot alcohol which dissolves the berberine. The evaporated filtrate gives all the reactions for ..."

3. Hand-book of Chemistry by Leopold Gmelin, Henry Watts (1866)
"Hydrated or Crystallised berberine. Delicate yellow needles, which give ... 416 lOO'OO berberine dissolves with difficulty in water (Chevallier & Pelletan). ..."

4. American Druggist (1884)
"The usual processes for separation of berberine having thus failed, a scheme was next ... JU Lloyd in determining berberine under certain circumstances, ..."

5. Drugs and medicines of North America: A Publication Devoted to the by John Uri Lloyd, Curtis Gates Lloyd (1885)
"American Pharmaceutical Association, p.97. Third Alkaloid berberine and ... 800, Salts of berberine, Oil and Resin of Hydrastis, berberine and Hydrastine. ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1894)
"berberine, however, occurs in other plants besides the latter, and it was because of this fact that the white alkaloid was overlooked at first in the root ..."

7. Pharmaceutical Journal by Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1853)
"As berberine has now also been found in another of the ... The following was the process adopted for the extraction of berberine from the Meni*permum ..."

8. Commercial Organic Analysis by Alfred Henry Allen, Wm. A. Davis (1912)
"berberine is an alkaloid occurring in a very large number of plants, ... The principal sources of berberine and the associated alkaloids are the roots of ..."

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