hyoscyamine

noun
hy·​o·​scy·​a·​mine | \ ˌhī-ə-ˈsī-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce hyoscyamine (audio) \

Definition of hyoscyamine

: a poisonous crystalline alkaloid C17H23NO3 of which atropine is a racemic mixture especially : its levorotatory form found especially in the plants belladonna and henbane and used similarly to atropine

Examples of hyoscyamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, while solitarious locusts avoid eating toxic plants, the gregarious locusts are actually attracted to the odor of hyoscyamine, a toxic alkaloid found in local plants. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hyoscyamine

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyoscyamine

German Hyoscyamin, from New Latin Hyoscyamus, genus of herbs, from Latin, henbane, from Greek hyoskyamos, literally, swine's bean, from hyos (genitive of hys swine) + kyamos bean — more at sow

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“Hyoscyamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyoscyamine. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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hyoscyamine

noun
hyo·​scy·​a·​mine | \ ˌhī-ə-ˈsī-ə-mēn How to pronounce hyoscyamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyoscyamine

: a poisonous crystalline alkaloid C17H23NO3 of which atropine is a racemic mixture especially : its levorotatory form found especially in the plants belladonna and henbane and used similarly to atropine

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