Definition of yohimbine in English:

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Pronunciation: /jəʊˈhɪmbiːn/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A toxic crystalline compound obtained from the bark of the yohimbe tree, used as an adrenergic blocking agent and also as an aphrodisiac in the treatment of impotence.
  • An alkaloid; chemical formula: C21H26O3N2.
Example sentences
  • Before Viagra was developed, doctors sometimes prescribed a natural compound called yohimbine derived from the bark of an African tree.
  • Two open reports have suggested that yohimbine is an effective treatment for SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction.
  • After one month placebo-treated patients were crossed over to yohimbine and yohimbine patients continued in the same manner.


Late 19th century: from yohimbe + -ine4.

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