Definition of belladonna in English:

belladonna

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Pronunciation: /ˌbɛləˈdɒnə
 
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noun

  • 1Deadly nightshade.
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    • Derivatives of plant leaves, flowers, stems, berries, fruits and roots account for about half of those available including some of the better known - arnica and belladonna.
    • Two of the most popular and better known are arnica and belladonna.
    • You don't have much of your hour left to find some belladonna.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] A drug prepared from the leaves and root of deadly nightshade, containing atropine.
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    • The most common ingredients prescribed were iodides, organic nitrites, stramonium, belladonna, atropine, hyoscyamus, tobacco smoke, and menthol.
    • Although a small benefit has been found from the combination of belladonna and phenobarbital, concern over adverse effects and possible addiction problems has limited its use.
    • By the late eighteenth century William Heberden was recommending cold baths and blisters ‘applied to the loins' and belladonna was later used as a cure.

Origin

mid 18th century: from modern Latin, from Italian bella donna 'fair lady', perhaps from the use of its juice to add brilliance to the eyes by dilating the pupils.

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