Meaning of atropine

at•ro•pine

Pronunciation: (a'tru-pēn", -pin), [key]
— n. Pharm.
  1. a poisonous crystalline alkaloid, CHNO, obtained from belladonna and other plants of the nightshade family, that prevents the response of various body structures to certain types of nerve stimulation: used chiefly to relieve spasms, to lessen secretions, and, topically, to dilate the pupil of the eye.
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