atropine

noun
at·​ro·​pine | \ ˈa-trə-ˌpēn How to pronounce atropine (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web But all types of nerve agent poisoning can be treated with standard antidotes such as atropine and diazepam. Robert Chilcott, Ars Technica, "Novichok: How are victims surviving poisoning?," 5 Sep. 2020 Doctors are providing Navalny atropine, a medicine used to treat some forms of nerve agent and pesticide poisonings. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, "What are the chemicals doctors say may have been used to poison Alexei Navalny?," 26 Aug. 2020 Navalny is being treated with the antidote atropine, the hospital said. Star Tribune, "German hospital: Poisoning signs found in Russian dissident," 24 Aug. 2020 Doctors are using atropine, which is commonly used for nerve gas and pesticide poisonings, to treat Navalny. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "German doctors say tests show Putin critic was poisoned," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent research has suggested that using eyedrops with the medication atropine may slow the progression of nearsightedness. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding nearsightedness in children," 20 Nov. 2019 Recent research has suggested that using eyedrops with the medication atropine may slow the progression of nearsightedness. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding nearsightedness in children," 20 Nov. 2019 Current treatments, such as atropine and diazepam, work by blocking acetylcholine receptors, but they must be administered right away and can’t always prevent permanent neurological damage. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Genetic modification could protect soldiers from chemical weapons," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent research has suggested that using eyedrops with the medication atropine may slow the progression of nearsightedness. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding nearsightedness in children," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of atropine

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for atropine

German Atropin, from New Latin Atropa, genus name of belladonna, from Greek Atropos, one of the three Fates

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“Atropine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atropine. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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atropine

noun
at·​ro·​pine | \ ˈa-trə-ˌpēn How to pronounce atropine (audio) \

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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