[res-er-pin, -peen, ruh-sur-pin, -peen]
- an alkaloid, C33H40N2O9, obtained from the root of the rauwolfia, Rauwolfia serpentina, used in the treatment of hypertension.
Origin of reserpine
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- an insoluble alkaloid, extracted from the roots of the plant Rauwolfia serpentina, used medicinally to lower blood pressure and as a sedative and tranquillizer. Its main adverse effect is mental depression. Formula: C 33 H 40 N 2 O 9
C20: from German Reserpin, probably from the New Latin name of the plant