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n.1.(Chem.) A poisonous alkaloid of bitter taste extracted from the leaves and seeds of the European yew (Taxus baccata). Called also taxia. The usual preparation is a mixture of compounds. Taxine A has the chemical formula: C35H47NO10.
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Every bit of the English yew has toxic taxine alkaloids except the berry flesh.
During the work, Castle Morpeth Borough Council staff found that yew trees contained taxine, which is used to make the anti-cancer drug Taxol.