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A bitter, poisonous, liquid alkaloid, C15H26N2, that is present in the broom Cytisus scoparius and in the seeds of several species of Lupinus.
[New Latin Spartium, broom genus (from Latin spartum, a kind of broom, from Greek sparton) + -ine.]
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(Elements & Compounds) a viscous oily alkaloid extracted from the broom plant and lupin seeds. It has been used in medicine to treat heart arrhythmias
[C19: from New Latin Spartium, from Greek spartos broom]
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spar•te•ine(ˈspɑr tiˌin, -ɪn)
a bitter, poisonous, liquid alkaloid, C15H26N2, obtained from certain species of broom, esp. Cytisus scoparius, used in medicine to stimulate the heart and also the uterine muscles in childbirth.
[1850–55; irreg. < New Latin Sparti(um) a genus of broom (< Greek spárt(os) kind of broom + New Latin -ium -ium2) + -ine2]
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