One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alkaloid, isolated from a species of snowdrop (Galanthus woronowii) and from related plants, which acts as a selective acetylcholinesterase inhibitor and is used especially in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
1950s. From scientific Latin Galanthus, genus name of the snowdrop (Linnaeus Species plantarum I. 288) + amine, originally after Russian galantamin.
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