Definition of atropine
: a racemic mixture of hyoscyamine obtained from any of various solanaceous plants (such as belladonna) and used especially in the form of its sulfate for its anticholinergic effects (such as pupil dilation or inhibition of smooth muscle spasms)
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Antibiotics are not usually needed, and anti-diarrhea meds such as loperamide (Imodium A-D and generic) and diphenoxylate with atropine (Lomotil and generic) do little to help and could hinder recovery.
Hospitals generally have atropine on hand; it is commonly used in much less drastic situations, like dilating pupils for eye exams.
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Origin and Etymology of atropine
German Atropin, from New Latin Atropa, genus name of belladonna, from Greek Atropos, one of the three Fates
First Known Use: 1820See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of atropine
: a racemic mixture of hyoscyamine usually obtained from belladonna and related plants of the family Solanaceae and used especially in the form of its hydrated sulfate (C17H23NO3)2·H2SO4·H2O for its anticholinergic effects (as relief of smooth muscle spasms or dilation of the pupil of the eye)
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