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pilocarpine

[pahy-luh-kahr-peen, -pin, pil-uh-] /ˌpaɪ ləˈkɑr pin, -pɪn, ˌpɪl ə-/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
an oil or crystalline alkaloid, C 1 1 H 1 6 N 2 O 2 , obtained from jaborandi, and used chiefly to produce sweating, promote the flow of saliva, contract the pupil of the eye, and for glaucoma.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Neo-Latin Pilocarp(us) name of the genus of shrubs which includes jaborandi (< Greek pîlo(s) felt, wool or hair made into felt + -o- -o- + -karpos -carp) + -ine1
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pilocarpine

/ˌpaɪləʊˈkɑːpaɪn; -pɪn/
noun
1.
an alkaloid extracted from the leaves of the jaborandi tree, formerly used to induce sweating. Formula: C11H16N2O2
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Pilocarpus genus name, from Greek pilos hair + karpos fruit
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pilocarpine in Medicine

pilocarpine pi·lo·car·pine (pī'lō-kär'pēn')
n.
A colorless or yellow poisonous compound used to induce sweating, promote salivation, and treat glaucoma.

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