belladonna

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noun bel·la·don·na \ˌbe-lə-ˈdä-nə\

Definition of belladonna

  1. 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. 2 :  a medicinal extract (as atropine) from the belladonna plant

Origin and Etymology of belladonna

Italian, literally, beautiful lady


First Known Use: 1597


BELLADONNA Defined for English Language Learners

belladonna

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noun bel·la·don·na \ˌbe-lə-ˈdä-nə\

Definition of belladonna for English Language Learners

  • : a poisonous plant that has reddish bell-shaped flowers

  • : a drug made from the belladonna plant


Medical Dictionary

belladonna

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noun bel·la·don·na \ˌbel-ə-ˈdän-ə\

Medical Definition of belladonna

  1. 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. 2:  a medicinal preparation (as atropine) extracted from the belladonna plant and containing anticholinergic alkaloids



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