A poisonous chemical found in the roots and rhizomes (underground stem other than roots) of certain hellebore plants. It is a yellow crystalline solid with the chemical formula C37H56O18 and is used in small doses as a heart stimulant.

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Hel`le*bo"re*in (?), n. Chem.

A poisonous glucoside accompanying helleborin in several species of hellebore, and extracted as a white crystalline substance with a bittersweet taste. It has a strong action on the heart, resembling digitalin.


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