Definition of reserpine
: an alkaloid C33H40N2O9 that is extracted especially from the root of rauwolfias and is used chiefly in the treatment of hypertension and sometimes in the treatment of agitation associated with mental illness (such as schizophrenia)
Origin and Etymology of reserpine
German Reserpin, probably irregular from New Latin Rauwolfia serpentina, a species of rauwolfia
First Known Use: 1952
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