Meaning of ephedrine

e•phed•rine

Pronunciation: (i-fed'rin, ef'i-drēn", -drin), [key]
— n. Pharm.
  1. a white, crystalline alkaloid, CHN, obtained from a species of Ephedra or synthesized: used in medicine chiefly for the treatment of asthma, hay fever, and colds.
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