re·​ser·​pine | \ ri-ˈsər-ˌpēn How to pronounce reserpine (audio) , -pən\

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)

First Known Use of reserpine

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reserpine

German Reserpin, probably irregular from New Latin Rauwolfia serpentina, a species of rauwolfia

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re·​ser·​pine | \ ri-ˈsər-ˌpēn also ˈres-ər-pən\

Medical Definition of reserpine

: an alkaloid C33H40N2O9 extracted especially from the root of rauwolfias and used in the treatment of hypertension, mental illness, and tension states — see raudixin, sandril, serpasil

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