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squill

 [skwil]
1. any of various plants of the genus Urginea, especially U. maritima or U. indica.
2. the fleshy inner scales of the bulb of U. maritima or U. indica; a distinction is made between those with white bulbs (white squill) and those with red bulbs (red squill).
red squill
1. a variety of Urginea maritima that has red bulbs.
2. the fleshy inner scales of the bulb of this plant, a source of the cardiac glycoside scilliroside; it can cause convulsions or cardiac arrest and is used as a rodenticide.
white squill
1. a variety of Urginea maritima that has white bulbs.
2. the fleshy inner scales of the bulb of this plant; it contains several cardioactive glycosides.

squill

(skwil),
The cut and dried fleshy inner scales of the bulb of the white variety of Urginea maritima (Mediterranean squill), or of U. indica (Indian squill) (family Liliaceae); the central portion of the bulb is excluded during its processing; squill contains cardiac glycosides (scillaren-A and scillaren-B) and scillaricide, a rodenticide.
Synonym(s): scilla
[L. squilla or scilla]

squill

(skwil) any of various plants of the genus Urginea, particularly U. maritima or U. indica, or the fleshy inner scales of their bulbs.
red squill  a variety of Urginea maritima with red bulbs, or the fleshy inner scales of its bulb, a source of the cardiac glycoside scilliroside; it can cause convulsions or cardiac arrest and is used as a rodenticide.
white squill  a variety of Urginea maritima with white bulbs, or the fleshy inner scales of its bulb, a source of several cardiac glycosides; used as a cardiotonic; also used in folk medicine.

squill

(skwĭl)
n.
a. Any of several plants of the genus Urginea of Africa and Eurasia, especially the Mediterranean species U. maritima, having a large bulb and lanceolate leaves.
b. A powder prepared from the dried inner scales of the bulbs of U. maritima, used as rat poison and formerly as a cardiac stimulant, expectorant, and diuretic.

squill

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that contains cardioactive glycosides; it is diuretic and expectorant, but is highly toxic.
 
Toxicity
Arrhythmias, convulsions, diarrhoea, heart block, nausea, vomiting and possibly death.

squill (skwilˑ),

n Latin names:
Urginea maritima, Drimia maritima; part used: bulb; uses: diuretic, cardiac glycoside effects, heart conditions, cough; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients with hypokalemia, hypertropic cardiomyopathy, sick sinus syndrome, ventricular tachycardia, heart block (second- and third-degree), patients using cardiac medications, CNS stimulants, glucocorticoids, laxatives. Also called
European squill, Indian squill, Mediterranean squill, red squill, scilla, sea onion, sea squill, or
white squill.

squill

the fleshy inner scales of the bulb of the white variety of urgineamaritima; it contains several cardioactive glycosides. The red variety is used as a rat poison. See also scilla.