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Belladonna

nightshade

Belladonna, or deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), poisonous herbaceous plant of the nightshade family whose dried leaves and roots produce a crude drug of the same name. Various medicinal alkaloids, such as the muscle relaxant atropine, are produced by refining belladonna.

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