An alkaloid extracted from the plant deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) and other sources. Though overdoses would be fatal it is used as a drug in medicine for its paralytic effects (e.g. in surgery to relax muscles, in dentistry to dry the mouth, in ophthalmology to dilate the pupils). (noun)
Examples of word atropine
A drug called atropine can reverse the effects if administered promptly, and pretreatment with pyridostigmine can help shield the body, by sealing off acetylcholinesterase molecules.
And I must say that at this time we can confirm that there was not a delay, because our toxicology revealed in her blood and medication, which is called atropine, and atropine is a medication which is very often even in resuscitation procedures.
What happens is that troops were told to carry around atropine, which is an injection they could give themselves, but they were trained to use it quickly.
They're also issued atropine, which is the antidote to nerve gas.
DAVID ENSOR, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Well, Wolf, as you say, the Iraqis, officials say, have ordered as many as a million doses of the drug, atropine, which is a drug used to counter the effects of nerve gas.