physostigmine

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noun phy·so·stig·mine \ˌfī-sə-ˈstig-ˌmēn\

Definition of physostigmine

  1. :  a tasteless crystalline alkaloid that is an anticholinesterase obtained from the Calabar bean and is used in medicine parenterally in the form of its salicylate C15H21N3O2·C7H6O3 especially to reverse the toxic effects of an anticholinergic agent (such as atropine) and topically in the form of its sulfate (C15H21N3O2)2·H2SO3 as a miotic in the treatment of glaucoma —called also eserine

Origin and Etymology of physostigmine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Physostigma, genus of vines that bear the Calabar bean


First Known Use: 1864


Medical Dictionary

physostigmine

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noun phy·so·stig·mine \ˌfī-sə-ˈstig-ˌmēn\

Medical Definition of physostigmine

  1. :  a tasteless crystalline alkaloid that is an anticholinesterase obtained from the Calabar bean and is used parenterally in the form of its salicylate C15H21N3O2·C7H6O3 especially to reverse the toxic effects of an anticholinergic agent (as atropine) and topically in the form of its sulfate (C15H21N3O2)2·H2SO3 as a miotic in the treatment of glaucoma—called also eserine


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