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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: har'men


A central nervous system stimulant and potent monoamine oxidase inhibitor obtained from Peganum harmala (family Zygophyllaceae) and Banisteria caapi (family Malpighaceae); psychic effects resemble those of LSD, but sedative and depressive qualities may predominate over hallucinatory manifestations.

Synonym(s): banisterine, leucoharmine, telepathine

[G. harmala, harmal, fr. Ar. harmalah, + -ine]

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