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A liquid amine which is the parent of a series of alkaloids and other compounds occurring in plants, including atropine, hyoscyamine, and cocaine; any of these compounds. Frequently attributive, especially in "tropane alkaloid".
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From German Tropan, with subsequent remodelling of the ending after -ane.
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