from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thick, syrupy, colorless alkaloid, C17H21NO4, extracted from plants such as henbane and used primarily as a mydriatic and sedative, and to treat nausea and prevent motion sickness. Also called hyoscine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tropane alkaloid obtained from plants of the nightshade family, used as a sedative, to treat nausea and to dilate the pupils for ophthalmic examination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A difficultly crystallizable alkaloid, C17H21NO4 + H2O, obtained from Scopolina carniolica, S. Japonica, Duboisia myoporoides, Atropa Belladonna, Datura Stramonium, and other plants of the Solanaceæ: identical with hyoscine. The hydrobromide is most used. It is a soporific and anesthetic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an alkaloid with anticholinergic effects that is used as a sedative and to treat nausea and to dilate the pupils in ophthalmic procedures
Another possibility is a drug called scopolamine, which is used to prevent seasickness.
The US have begun to get feedback on the use of this drug: addicts are mixing it with low-grade morphine and, in a number of cases, scopolamine, which is used for motion sickness.
Hyoscine (also known as scopolamine) is a widely used medicine for the treatment of motion sickness.
The researchers recommend scopolamine, which is extracted from the corkwood tree, as the first-line antispasmodic treatment for IBS.
The Americans generally provide the astronauts with a variety of drugs such as scopolamine, whereas the Russians put people through training on the vestibular chair (a revolving chair; when you move your head up and down you feel as if you were flying - and you can also feel quite sick!) and weightless flights.
For many decades there was a preparation for women in labour called "twilight sleep," a combination of morphine and scopolamine, which suppressed both the actual pain and the memory of it.
Lovell had tried scores of concoctions on unwitting soldiers, who were told they were part of a research project to find a treatment for shell shock: mescaline, various barbiturates, scopolamine, Benzedrine, and marijuana.
From here on, the home was deemed an unfit place for birth, although to this day there is no research that supports this claim.6 Women birthing in the hospital, unlike at home, now “required” outside help and such “improvements” as twilight sleep morphine and scopolamine injection, which heavily drugged a laboring woman and erased her memory of birth.
In the same little town in 1949, my mother birthed me, her third and final child, in a scopolamine haze at the ‘modern’ hospital two blocks from her little house.
Video Link to VBS. tv story, which documents contributor Ryan Duffy's scopolamine investigation in 9 parts (Flash 9 required).
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