(Science: chemistry) A poisonous alkaloid obtained from the root hellebore (veratrum) and from sabadilla seeds as a white crystalline powder, having an acrid, burning taste. It is sometimes used externally, as in ointments, in the local treatment of neuralgia and rheumatism.
Synonym: veratria, and veratrina.
Origin: Cf. F. Veratrine. See Veratrum.