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belladonna

noun bel·la·don·na \ˌbe-lə-ˈdä-nə\

: a poisonous plant that has reddish bell-shaped flowers

: a drug made from the belladonna plant

Full Definition of BELLADONNA

1
:  an Old World poisonous plant (Atropa belladonna) of the nightshade family having purple or green bell-shaped flowers, glossy black berries, and root and leaves that yield atropine —called also deadly nightshade
2
:  a medicinal extract (as atropine) from the belladonna plant
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Origin of BELLADONNA

Italian, literally, beautiful lady
First Known Use: 1597
Medical Dictionary

belladonna

noun bel·la·don·na \ˌbel-ə-ˈdän-ə\

Medical Definition of BELLADONNA

1
:  an Old World poisonous plant of the genus Atropa (A. belladonna) having purple or green flowers, glossy black berries, and a root and leaves that yield atropine—called also deadly nightshade
2
:  a medicinal preparation (as atropine) extracted from the belladonna plant and containing anticholinergic alkaloids

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