Definition of nervine in English:

nervine

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Pronunciation: /ˈnəːvʌɪn
 
, -iːn/

adjective

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

noun

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  • A nervine medicine.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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