scopolamine

noun
sco·​pol·​amine | \ skō-ˈpä-lə-ˌmēn How to pronounce scopolamine (audio) , -mən \

Definition of scopolamine

: a poisonous alkaloid C17H21NO4 similar to atropine that is found in various solanaceous plants and is used for its anticholinergic effects (such as preventing nausea in motion sickness and inducing mydriasis)

called also hyoscine

Examples of scopolamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ruis is suing the CHRB for absolving Baffert of a positive for scopolamine, a byproduct of jimsonweed, after Justify tested for the drug after winning the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Justify, for example, kept his victory in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby after Baffert successfully argued that a positive test for the anti-nausea drug scopolamine was caused by jimson weed in the future Triple Crown winner’s feed. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 10 May 2021 Justify tested positive for the drug scopolamine, which can help optimize a horse’s heart rate, after winning the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 10 May 2021 Most equine medical experts believe that scopolamine is not a performance enhancing substance. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2020 Baffert has claimed that the small amounts of scopolamine found in Justify were due to jimson weed contaminating his feed supply. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2020 Justify has tested positive for scopolamine, a drug found in jimson weed. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2020 Using a technique called mass spectrometry, Robinson and his colleagues studied the chemical composition of four of the bundles and found the compounds scopolamine and atropine—the same chemical mixture that’s found in datura. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2020 Of course, pollination is slightly hazardous work when your food of choice is laced with scopolamine. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of scopolamine

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scopolamine

German Scopolamin, from New Latin Scopolia, genus of plants + German Amin amine

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The first known use of scopolamine was in 1892

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12 Oct 2021

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“Scopolamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scopolamine. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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scopolamine

noun
sco·​pol·​amine | \ skō-ˈpäl-ə-ˌmēn, -mən How to pronounce scopolamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of scopolamine

: a poisonous alkaloid C17H21NO4 similar to atropine that is found in various solanaceous plants (as jimsonweed) and is used chiefly in the form of its hydrated hydrobromide C17H21NO4·HBr·3H2O for its anticholinergic effects (as preventing nausea in motion sickness and inducing mydriasis)

called also hyoscine

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