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reserpine

[res-er-pin, -peen, ruh-sur-pin, -peen] /ˈrɛs ər pɪn, -ˌpin, rəˈsɜr pɪn, -pin/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
an alkaloid, C 3 3 H 4 0 N 2 O 9 , obtained from the root of the rauwolfia, Rauwolfia serpentina, used in the treatment of hypertension.
Origin of reserpine
1950-1955
1950-55; < German Reserpin, equivalent to reserp- (probably irregular < New Latin Rauwolfia serpentina (Rauwolfia Rauwolfia + Late Latin serpentīna, feminine of serpentīnus serpentine)) + German -in -ine2
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reserpine

/ˈrɛsəpɪn/
noun
1.
an insoluble alkaloid, extracted from the roots of the plant Rauwolfia serpentina, used medicinally to lower blood pressure and as a sedative and tranquillizer. Its main adverse effect is mental depression. Formula: C33H40N2O9
Word Origin
C20: from German Reserpin, probably from the New Latin name of the plant
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reserpine in Medicine

reserpine re·ser·pine (rĭ-sûr'pēn', -pĭn, rěs'ər-pĭn, -pēn', rěz'-)
n.
A white to yellowish powder isolated from the roots of certain species of Asian shrubs and used as a sedative and an antihypertensive.

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