Definition of reserpine in English:

reserpine

Syllabification: res·er·pine
Pronunciation: /riˈsərˌpēn, -pən
 
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noun

Medicine
  • A compound of the alkaloid class obtained from Indian snakeroot and other plants and used in the treatment of hypertension.
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    • What do aspirin, codeine, ipecac, reserpine, scopolamine, theophylline, and vinblastine have in common?
    • The patient's medical history should be reviewed for conditions such as hypothyroidism, stroke, or exposure to certain drugs associated with mood changes, such as steroids, reserpine, beta-blockers, and particularly alcohol.
    • Herbal medicine has contributed aspirin from willow bark, reserpine from snakeroot, taxol from the yew tree, but ‘natural’ is not automatically safe.

Origin

1950s: from the modern Latin species name R(auwolfia) serp(entina), named after Leonhard Rauwolf (see rauwolfia), + -ine4.

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