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[New Latin Vērātrum, genus name, from Latin vērātrum, any of various medicinal or toxic plants of the genera Helleborus and Veratrum, probably from a pre-Indo-European language of Europe ; akin to Italian dialectal (Piedmont) varasco, a species of hellebore (V. album).]


(Plants) any poisonous herb of N American genus Veratrum
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Noun1.veratrum - a genus of coarse poisonous perennial herbsVeratrum - a genus of coarse poisonous perennial herbs; sometimes placed in subfamily Melanthiaceae
liliid monocot genus - genus of monocotyledonous plants comprising mostly herbs having usually petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
family Liliaceae, Liliaceae, lily family - includes species sometimes divided among the following families: Alliaceae; Aloeaceae; Alstroemeriaceae; Aphyllanthaceae; Asparagaceae; Asphodelaceae; Colchicaceae; Convallariaceae; Hemerocallidaceae; Hostaceae; Hyacinthaceae; Melanthiaceae; Ruscaceae; Smilacaceae; Tecophilaeacea; Xanthorrhoeaceae
false hellebore, hellebore - perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes
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Most cases of hydrocephalus are described in domestic poultry and are associated with the chemotherapeutic agent cyclophosphamide and ingestion of alkaloids from the plant Veratrum californicum.
It is seen that the occurrence of cyclopia type malformations also induce by ingestion of some alkaloid containing plant, like Veratrum californicum which has common name as skunk cabbage, western helibore, palls helibore and wild corn.
En Australia, esta anomalia se relaciona con el consumo de la planta Veratrum californicum entre el los dias 16 y 17 de gestacion (3).