American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A poisonous, bitter, crystalline alkaloid, C17H23NO3, obtained from belladonna and other related plants. It is used to dilate the pupils of the eyes and as an antispasmodic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See atropin.
- n. toxicology, pharmacology An alkaloid extracted from the plant deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) and other sources. Though overdoses would be fatal it is used as a drug in medicine for its paralytic effects (e.g. in surgery to relax muscles, in dentistry to dry the mouth, in ophthalmology to dilate the pupils).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A poisonous, white, crystallizable alkaloid, extracted from the Atropa belladonna, or deadly nightshade, and the Datura Stramonium, or thorn apple. It is remarkable for its power in dilating the pupil of the eye. Called also
- n. a poisonous crystalline alkaloid extracted from the nightshade family; used as an antispasmodic and to dilate the eye pupil; also administered in large amounts as an antidote for organophosphate nerve agents or organophosphate insecticides
- Atropa ("genus of deadly nightshade") + -ine (Wiktionary)
- From New Latin Atropa, genus name of belladonna, from Greek Atropos, Atropos; see Atropos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A drug called atropine can reverse the effects if administered promptly, and pretreatment with pyridostigmine can help shield the body, by sealing off acetylcholinesterase molecules.”
“And I must say that at this time we can confirm that there was not a delay, because our toxicology revealed in her blood and medication, which is called atropine, and atropine is a medication which is very often even in resuscitation procedures.”
“What happens is that troops were told to carry around atropine, which is an injection they could give themselves, but they were trained to use it quickly.”
“They're also issued atropine, which is the antidote to nerve gas.”
“DAVID ENSOR, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Well, Wolf, as you say, the Iraqis, officials say, have ordered as many as a million doses of the drug, atropine, which is a drug used to counter the effects of nerve gas.”
“This is called atropine, and this is a medication that you might get if you're in the hospital after an exposure.”
“The injected drug, which was known as double bichloride of gold, was actually a mixture of low doses of chemicals such as atropine, which could give patients nausea if they drank alcohol.”
“As a young man he studied principally the structure and synthesis of plant alkaloids such as atropine and cocaine.”
“The only time I have a little bit of trouble is when I am reading an EKG strip at 3AM after being woken up to decide if I should shock or push atropine.”
“The Marchesa accomplished this in a number of ways: she lined her eyes with inches of black kohl, and even took the dangerous step of dilating her pupils with atropine to give her a certain come-hither gaze.”
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