papaverine

noun pa·pav·er·ine \ pə-ˈpa-və-ˌrēn ; -ˈpav-rən , -ˈpa-və- \

Definition of papaverine

:a crystalline alkaloid C20H21NO4 found in opium or made synthetically that is used usually in the form of its hydrochloride chiefly as an antispasmodic for its ability to relax smooth muscle

Origin and Etymology of papaverine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin papaver poppy


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papaverine

noun pa·pav·er·ine \ pə-ˈpav-ə-ˌrēn , -(ə-)rən \

medical Definition of papaverine

:a crystalline alkaloid C20H21NO4 that constitutes about one percent of opium, that is made synthetically from vanillin, and that is used usually in the form of its hydrochloride C20H21NO4·HCl especially as a vasodilator because of its ability to relax smooth muscle

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