a poisonous, yellow alkaloid, CHNO, extracted from the seeds or corms of a species of colchicum (Colchicum autumnale): used in the treatment of gout, in genetic engineering, and to produce chromosome doubling in plants for greater growth and fertile hybrids
Origin of colchicinefrom colchicum + -ine
A poisonous alkaloid, C22H25NO6, that is obtained from the autumn crocus and inhibits microtubule formation. It is used in medicine to treat gout and in plant breeding to produce polyploid plants.
Origin of colchicinecolchic(um) -ine 2