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nervine Syllabification: nerv·ine
Pronunciation: /ˈnərvēn/

Definition of nervine in English:


(Of a medicine) used to calm the nerves.
Example sentences
  • One particular ingredient in the Living Multi vegetable blend, oat grass, is a potent nervine tonic.


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A nervine medicine.
Example sentences
  • How are these different from the pharmaceutical classification of substances as diaphoretics, laxatives, alteratives, stimulants, sedatives, nervines, emmenagogues, carminatives, etc.?
  • Medicines and herbs that are demulcent, emollient, warmly diaphoretic, nervines, antispasmodic, warming and carminative are appropriate for treating Air imbalances.
  • If there was a problem with a hypersympathetic nervous system, Western herbalists have tended use sedatives, nervines and perhaps anti-inflammatories.


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin nervinus 'of the nerves or sinews', or suggested by French nervin.

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