papaverine

papaverine

[puh-pav-uh-reen, -er-in, puh-pey-vuh-reen, -ver-in]
noun Pharmacology.
a white, crystalline, nonnarcotic, alkaloidal powder, C 2 0 H 2 1 NO 4 , obtained from opium, but not a morphine derivative and not habit-forming or addicting, used in the treatment of spasms of involuntary muscle, especially of the stomach, bronchi, and arteries.

Origin:
1855–60; < Latin papāver poppy + -ine2

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papaverine (pəˈpeɪvəˌriːn, -rɪn)
 
n
a white crystalline almost insoluble alkaloid found in opium and used as an antispasmodic to treat coronary spasms and certain types of colic. Formula: C20H21NO4
 
[C19: from Latin papāverpoppy]

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papaverine pa·pav·er·ine (pə-pāv'ə-rēn', -ər-ĭn)
n.
A nonaddictive opium derivative used medicinally to relieve spasms of smooth muscle.

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