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ve·ra·trum

 (və-rā′trəm)
n.

[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).]
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veratrum

(vəˈreɪtrəm)
n
(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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The partnership with PellePharm follows Phyton Biotech's successful demonstration of its ability to express cyclopamine directly from Veratrum californicum plant cell cultures via PCF.
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. Congenital defects linked to an autosomal recessive gene in turkeys have also been reported.
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.