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The dried leaves and flowering or fruiting tops with branches of Datura stramonium or D. tatula (family Solanaceae), a herb abounding in temperate and subtropic countries; it contains an alkaloid, daturine, identical with hyoscyamine. It is an antispasmodic and has been used in the treatment of asthma and parkinsonism; when abused or taken inadvertently, it may cause an atropine-like toxic psychosis.
stramonium/stra·mo·ni·um/ (strah-mo´ne-um) the flowering plant Datura stramonium or a preparation of its dried leaf and flowering or fruiting tops; it is a source of hyoscyamine and scopolamine and has anticholinergic and parasympatholytic effects. It is used in folk medicine, Chinese medicine, and homeopathy.
1. The jimsonweed.
2. The dried poisonous leaves of this plant, formerly used for medicinal purposes.
Dried leaves and flowering or fruiting tops with branches of Datura stramonium or D. tatula; an antispasmodic; has been used in the treatment of asthma and parkinsonism.
n See thorn apple.