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reserpine Line breaks: re¦ser|pine
Pronunciation: /rɪˈsəːpiːn/

Definition of reserpine in English:


[mass 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.


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

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