a white, bitter, poisonous, crystalline compound, CHO, resembling strychnine in its properties: used as a stimulant in cases of barbiturate poisoning
Origin of picrotoxinpicro- + toxin
A bitter crystalline compound, C30H34O13, derived from the seed of a tropical Asian woody vine (Anamirta cocculus) and used as a stimulant, especially in treating barbiturate poisoning.
- (organic chemistry) A poisonous material, extracted from the seeds of the Anamirta cocculus, used as a stimulant; it is a complex of two alkaloids - picrotoxinin and picrotin
Ancient Greek bitter + toxin