Definition of santonin in English:

santonin

noun

Chemistry
  • [mass noun] A toxic crystalline compound present in santonica and related plants, used as an anthelmintic.

    • ‘Tenulin and helenalin were obtained from Helenium amarum, whereas santonin was commercially supplied (Sigma) and isoalantolactone was purified from helenin (Sigma) as in Dupuis et al..’
    • ‘However, we reported in a previous study that santonin, a eudesmanolide sesquiterpene lactone, exerts no effects on the differentiation of leukemia cells.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from santonica + -in.

Pronunciation:

santonin

/ˈsantənɪn/