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Definition of stramonium

1 : the dried leaves of the jimsonweed or of a related plant (genus Datura) that contain toxic alkaloids (such as atropine) used in medicine

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Recent Examples on the Web This looks like jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), also called thorn apple because of its spiky fruit. oregonlive, "Don’t remember what type of raspberry you planted 20 years ago? Ask an expert," 5 Oct. 2019 According to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Jimson weed, also called Datura stramonium, blooms in the late summer and is toxic. Fox News, "Lethal, hallucinogenic plant removed from busy New York City street: report," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of stramonium

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stramonium

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“Stramonium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of stramonium

1 : the dried leaves of the jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) or of a related plant of the genus Datura containing the anticholinergic and antispasmodic alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine and used especially formerly in the treatment of asthma and parkinsonism

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