ephedrine

play
noun ephed·rine \i-ˈfe-drən, British also ˈe-fə-drən\

Definition of ephedrine

  1. :  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 or sulfate as a bronchodilator, nasal decongestant, and vasopressor — see ma huang, pseudoephedrine

Origin and Etymology of ephedrine

New Latin Ephedra


First Known Use: 1889

Other Biochemistry Terms


Medical Dictionary

ephedrine

play
noun ephed·rine \i-ˈfed-rən, British also ˈef-ə-drən\

Medical Definition of ephedrine

  1. :  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


Learn More about ephedrine


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ephedrine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the forefront of an action or movement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ