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Pronunciation: pi'lo-kar'pen

Definition: An alkaloid obtained from the leaves of Pilocarpus microphyllus or P. jaborandi (family Rutaceae), shrubs of the West Indies and tropical America; a parasympathomimetic agent used experimentally to induce seizures externally as a miotic and in the treatment of glaucoma; used as the hydrochloride and the nitrate salts.

[G. pilos, a felt hat, + karpos, fruit]

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