cantharidin


cantharidin
The active principle of cantharis; the anhydride of cantharic acid. SYN: cantharis camphor.

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can·thar·i·din kan-'thar-əd-ən n a bitter crystalline compound C10H12O4 that is the active blister-producing ingredient of cantharides

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n.
the active principle of cantharides, or Spanish fly (the dried bodies of a blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria). A toxic and irritant chemical, cantharidin causes blistering of the skin and was formerly used in veterinary medicine as a counterirritant and vesicant. If swallowed it causes nausea, vomiting, and inflammation of the urinary tract, the latter giving rise to its reputation as an aphrodisiac. It is very dangerous and may cause death.

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can·thar·i·din (kan-tharґĭ-din) a bitter-tasting crystalline substance, the lactone of cantharidic acid and the most important active principle of cantharides; it is also found in the bodies of other beetles such as Epicauta. On human skin it produces blistering; consumption of the dead bodies of the beetles in hay or other feed can be lethal to farm animals.

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  • Cantharidin — Can*thar i*din (k[a^]n*th[a^]r [i^]*d[i^]n), n. (Chem.) The active principle of the cantharis, or Spanish fly, a volatile, acrid, bitter solid, crystallizing in four sided prisms. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Cantharidin — Strukturformel Allgemeines Name Cantharidin Andere Namen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Cantharidin — Can|tha|ri|din 〈n.; s; unz.; fachsprachl.〉 = Kantharidin * * * Can|tha|ri|din [griech. kántharis = Spanische Fliege (Käfer, Zool.); ↑ in (3)], das; s: aus einem Käfer isolierbare giftige, tricycl. Verb., die als Hyperämikum u. Vesikans wirkt. * * …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cantharidin — n. the active principle of cantharides, or Spanish fly (the dried bodies of a blister beetle, Lytta vesicatoria). A toxic and irritant chemical, cantharidin causes blistering of the skin and was formerly used in veterinary medicine as a… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • cantharidin — noun Date: 1819 a bitter crystalline compound C10H12O4 that is the active blister producing ingredient of cantharides …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cantharidin — n. [Gr. kantharis, blister beetle] A chemical produced by adults of the family Meloidae that causes skin blisters; the drug is obtained for medical use from the southern European Lytta vesicatoria, commonly known as Spanish fly …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • cantharidin — can·thar·i·din (kăn thărʹĭ dĭn) n. A bitter crystalline compound, C10H12O4, that is the active ingredient of cantharides and produces blistering of the skin. * * * …   Universalium

  • Cantharidin — Can|tha|ri|din 〈n.; Gen.: s; Pl.: unz.〉 = Kantharidin …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch


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