pilocarpine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pilocarpine cholinergic alkaloid used in eyedrops to treat glaucoma
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pilocarpine (Chem) An alkaloid extracted from jaborandi (Pilocarpus pennatifolius) as a white amorphous or crystalline substance which has a peculiar effect on the vasomotor system.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pilocarpine An alkaloid (C11H16N2O2) isolated from pilocarpus, which it resembles in its medicinal properties.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pilocarpine an alkaloid isolated from pilocarpus, with sudorific properties
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From NL. Pilocarpus pennatifolius , jaborandi; L. pilus, hair + Gr. karpo`s fruit: cf. F. pilocarpine,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pilos, a cap, karpos, fruit.

Usage

In literature:

Prentiss of Washington, D.C., in 1881 reported a remarkable case of pilocarpin idiosyncrasy in a blonde of twenty-five.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Pilocarpin, and salicylate of soda, and mercury do not tend towards cheerfulness.
"The Man" by Bram Stoker
Then McCloud suggested pilocarpin.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
In a similar manner, if yet not so intensely, operated saltpeter and coffeine, as also urea and pilocarpine.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 586, March 26, 1887" by Various
With their pilocarpine they have ruined the health of how many people for ever!
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
Jaborandi or its alkaloid pilocarpin will generally produce it.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
It is possibly derived from pilocarpine, and has the formula C22H32N4O4.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 1" by Various
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