• WordNet 3.6
    • n atropine 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Atropine (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 daturine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atropine See atropin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Atropine a poisonous alkaloid existing in the deadly nightshade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. inflexible; hence , one of the three Parcæ; 'a priv. + to turn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Gr. Atropos, one of the Fates, who cuts the thread of life.


In literature:

It relates to the action of one millionth of a grain of atropine on the eye.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
With others hypodermic injections of morphia and atropine have given equally satisfactory results.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
Who told you, Clodagh, that Peters takes atropine?
"The Purple Cloud" by M.P. Shiel
The artificial atropine is identical with the natural alkaloid.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 415, December 15, 1883" by Various
I needn't tell such a clever girl as you that atropine acts first on the throat.
"The Ghost" by Arnold Bennett
Hypodermic injections of 1/50 grain of atropine, suprarenal or pituitary extracts, may be found useful.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
The use of small doses of atropin and ergotin was recommended by von Bergmann.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
He finds also in this mushroom muscarin and an atropin-like alkaloid.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
The atropine was to prevent nausea.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Tropane group; atropine, hyoscine, cocaine, lupinine.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

In news:

The common solution for treating children with amblyopia, or lazy eye, has been months of eye patching and the use of atropine drops, which has left many children untreated due to the long and demanding nature of the treatments.