Origin of atropinefrom Modern Latin Atropa, genus name of belladonna from Classical Greek Atropos (see Atropos) + -ine
Origin of atropineFrom New Latin Atropa genus name of belladonna from Greek Atropos Atropos ; see Atropos .
- (toxicology, pharmacology) An alkaloid extracted from the plant deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) and other sources. Though overdoses would be fatal it is used as a drug in medicine for its paralytic effects (e.g. in surgery to relax muscles, in dentistry to dry the mouth, in ophthalmology to dilate the pupils).
Atropa (“genus of deadly nightshade”) + -ine