Definition of galantamine in English:

galantamine

(also galanthamine)

noun

Pharmacology
  • 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.

Origin

1950s. From scientific Latin Galanthus, genus name of the snowdrop (Linnaeus Species plantarum I. 288) + amine, originally after Russian galantamin.

Pronunciation

galantamine

/ɡəˈlantəmiːn/