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 (hī-drăs′tēn′, -tĭn)
A poisonous white alkaloid, C21H21NO6, obtained from the root of the goldenseal and formerly used locally to treat inflammation of mucous membranes.

[New Latin Hydrastis, plant genus + -ine.]


(haɪˈdræstiːn; -tɪn)
(Elements & Compounds) a white poisonous alkaloid extracted from the roots of the goldenseal: has been used in medicine (in the form of one of its water-soluble salts) to contract the uterus and arrest haemorrhage. Formula: C21H21NO6
[C19: from hydrast(is) + -ine2]
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choline, tinosporine, isocolumbine and hydrastine are present (Qudrat-I-Khudaetal.
The primary active constituents, allicin in garlic, gingergols in ginger, gingkolides and flavonoids in ginkgo seeds and leaves, saponin glycosides in the many variety of ginsengs, and hydrastine and berberine in goldenseal, all affect circulation and the blood.
It revealed that only 10 of 17 root products met USP's proposed alkaloid content standards; five products contained little or no hydrastine, unusual berberine: hydrastine ratios, and unexpected peaks.