a crystalline alkaloid, CHNO, extracted from the root of various rauwolfias (esp. Rauwolfia serpentina), used in the treatment of hypertension and some forms of mental illness
Origin of reserpineGerman reserpin, probably arbitrary contr. ; from Modern Latin Rauwolfia serpentina + German -in, -ine
A drug, C33H40N2O9, isolated from the roots of certain species of rauwolfia and used as an antihypertensive.
Origin of reserpineGerman Reserpin, from shortening and alteration of New Latin Rauvolfia serpent&imacron;na, species of snakeroot : rauwolfia + Late Latin serpent&imacron;na, feminine of serpent&imacron;nus, serpentine; see serpentine.