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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

Examples of stramonium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This looks like jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), also called thorn apple because of its spiky fruit. oregonlive, 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, 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

New Latin

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“Stramonium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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