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yohimbine

[ yoh-him-been ]
/ yoʊˈhɪm bin /
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noun Pharmacology.
an alkaloid, C21H26N2O3, extracted from the bark of Corynanthe johimbe or Rauwolfia serpentina, used as a selective alpha-adrenergic receptor antagonist: purported to have aphrodisiac properties.

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Origin of yohimbine

1895–1900; yohimb(e) + -ine2; perhaps originally formed in German
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British Dictionary definitions for yohimbine

yohimbine
/ (jəʊˈhɪmbiːn) /

noun
an alkaloid found in the bark of the tree Corynanthe yohimbe. It is used in medicine as an adrenergic blocking agent. Formula: C 21 H 26 N 2 O 3

Word Origin for yohimbine

C19: from Bantu yohimbé a tropical African tree + -ine 1
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