Also called deadly nightshade. a poisonous plant, Atropa belladonna, of the nightshade family, having purplish-red flowers and black berries.
Pharmacology. a drug from the leaves and root of this plant, containing atropine and related alkaloids: used in medicine to check secretions and spasms, to relieve pain or dizziness, and as a cardiac and respiratory stimulant.
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Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley
The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art B. L. Hill
The Bag of Diamonds George Manville Fenn
The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. E. Rameur
The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
Insomnia; and Other Disorders of Sleep Henry M. Lyman
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

either of two alkaloid drugs, atropine or hyoscyamine, obtained from the leaves and roots of the deadly nightshade
another name for deadly nightshade

A preparation of the dried leaves or roots of deadly nightshade or related plants in the genus Belladonna, once used as a medicine. Belladonna contains several alkaloids that affect the nervous system by blocking the effects of acetylcholine.


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