Meaning of berberine

ber•be•rine

Pronunciation: (bûr'bu-rēn"), [key]
— n. Pharm.
  1. a white or yellow, crystalline, water-soluble alkaloid, CHNO, derived from barberry or goldenseal, used as an antipyrotic, antibacterial, and stomachic.
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