pilocarpine

noun
pi·​lo·​car·​pine | \ ˌpī-lə-ˈkär-ˌpēn How to pronounce pilocarpine (audio) \

Definition of pilocarpine

: a miotic alkaloid C11H16N2O2 obtained from jaborandi that is used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride or nitrate especially in the treatment of glaucoma

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Recent Examples on the Web Immediately after the skin had been exposed to the pilocarpine, the scientists swapped the patches for small spiral-shape discs designed to absorb the resulting perspiration. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "How Tattoos Might Affect Your Workout," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of pilocarpine

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pilocarpine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Pilocarpus jaborandi, species of tropical shrubs

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“Pilocarpine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilocarpine. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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pilocarpine

noun
pi·​lo·​car·​pine | \ ˌpī-lə-ˈkär-ˌpēn How to pronounce pilocarpine (audio) \

Medical Definition of pilocarpine

: a miotic muscarinic alkaloid that is obtained from jaborandi and is used chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride C11H16N2O2·HCl or nitrate C11H16N2O2·HNO3 especially in the treatment of glaucoma and xerostomia

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