from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white to yellowish powder, C33H40N2O9, isolated from the roots of certain species of rauwolfia and used as a sedative and an antihypertensive.
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- n. An alkaloid, isolated from the snakeroot plant, that is used as an antipsychotic and antihypertensive drug
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- n. antihypertensive consisting of an alkaloid extracted from the plant Rauwolfia serpentina (trade names Raudixin or Rau-Sed or Sandril or Serpasil)
German Reserpin, from shortening and alteration of New Latin Rauwolfia serpentīna, species of snakeroot : rauwolfia + Late Latin serpentīna, feminine of serpentīnus, serpentine; see serpentine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)