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Colchicine is a poisonous alkaloid (chemical formula C22H25NO6) found in the corm of the autumn crocus or meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale). It is used in genetic and cellular research, as it inhibits mitosis (cell division). This property makes colchicine valuable in cancer research and as immunosuppressant drug. Melting point 156°C.

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