Origin of ephedrine
New Latin Ephedra
First Known Use: 1889
Medical Definition of ephedrine
: a crystalline alkaloid C10H15NO extracted from a Chinese ephedra (Ephedra sinica) or synthesized that has the physiological action of epinephrine and is usually used in the form of its hydrochloride C10H15NO·HCl or sulfate (C10H15NO)2·H2SO4 as a bronchodilator, nasal decongestant, and vasopressor—see ephedra 2, pseudoephedrine
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