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Meaning of sparteine

spar•te•ine

Pronunciation: (spär'tē-ēn", -in), [key]
— n.
  1. a bitter, poisonous, liquid alkaloid obtained from certain species of broom, esp. Cytisus scoparius, used in medicine to stimulate the heart and also the uterine muscles in childbirth.
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