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[skuh-pol-uh-meen, -min, skoh-puh-lam-in]
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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a colorless, syrupy, water-soluble alkaloid, C17H21NO4, obtained from certain plants of the nightshade family, used chiefly as a sedative and mydriatic and to alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness.
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Origin of scopolamine

1890–95; < New Latin Scopol(ia japonica) Japanese belladonna (genus Scopolia named after G.A. Scopoli (1723–88), Italian naturalist; see -a2) + amine
Also called hyoscine.
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  • Pentathol, scopolamine and the like; hypnotism and the polygraph.

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  • We know the limitation of morphine and scopolamine and we cannot improve their use.

  • The patient was a very fat negress who had collapsed after the use of scopolamine.

  • Old solutions of scopolamine decompose and give rise to toxic substances.

  • He used Merck's scopolamine at first, and later a solution made up after the formula of Straub of Freiburg, which is more stable.

British Dictionary definitions for scopolamine


  1. a colourless viscous liquid alkaloid extracted from certain plants, such as henbane: used in preventing travel sickness and as an anticholinergic, sedative, and truth serum. Formula: C 17 H 21 NO 4Also called: hyoscine See also atropine
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Word Origin

C20 scopol- from New Latin scopolia Japonica Japanese belladonna (from which the alkaloid is extracted), named after G. A. Scopoli (1723–88), Italian naturalist, + amine
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scopolamine in Medicine


(skə-pŏlə-mēn′, -mĭn)
  1. A thick, syrupy, colorless alkaloid extracted from plants such as henbane and used as a mydriatic, sedative, antiemetic, and treatment for motion sickness.hyoscine
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scopolamine in Science


[skə-pŏlə-mēn′, -mĭn]
  1. A poisonous, syrupy, colorless alkaloid extracted from plants such as deadly nightshade and henbane. Scopolamine depresses the central nervous system and is used primarily as a sedative and to dilate the pupils, treat nausea, and prevent motion sickness. Chemical formula: C17H21NO4.
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