[ih-fed-rin, ef-i-dreen, -drin]
- a white, crystalline alkaloid, C10H15N, obtained from a species of Ephedra or synthesized: used in medicine chiefly for the treatment of asthma, hay fever, and colds.
Origin of ephedrine
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Combination of ephedrine and homatropine hydrochlorates (100:1).Merck's 1899 Manual
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- a white crystalline alkaloid obtained from plants of the genus Ephedra: used for the treatment of asthma and hay fever; l-phenyl-2-methylaminopropanol. Formula: C 6 H 5 CH(OH)CH(NHCH 3)CH 3
Word Origin for ephedrine
C19: from New Latin ephedra + -ine ²
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Word Origin and History for ephedrine
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- An odorless crystalline or powdered alkaloid isolated from shrubs of the genus Ephedra or made synthetically and used in the treatment of allergies and asthma.
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- A white, odorless, powdered or crystalline alkaloid isolated from shrubs of the genus Ephedra or made synthetically. It is used in the treatment of allergies and asthma. Chemical formula: C10H15NO.
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