berberine(redirected from C20H19NO5)
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A bitter, yellow alkaloid, C20H19NO5, obtained from several plants such as goldenseal and having medical uses as an antipyretic and antibacterial agent.
[New Latin Berberis, barberry genus (from Medieval Latin berberis, barberry) + -ine.]
(Plants) a yellow bitter-tasting alkaloid obtained from barberry and other plants and used medicinally, esp in tonics. Formula: C20H19NO5
[C19: from German Berberin, from New Latin berberis barberry]
a white or yellow, crystalline, water-soluble alkaloid, C20H19NO5, derived from barberry or goldenseal and used for treating burns and as an antibacterial agent and stomachic.
[1860–65; < New Latin Berber(is) the barberry genus]