Definition of yohimbine in English:

yohimbine

noun

Chemistry
  • [mass noun] A toxic crystalline compound obtained from the bark of the yohimbe tree, used as an adrenergic blocking agent and also as an aphrodisiac in the treatment of impotence.

    • ‘Two open reports have suggested that yohimbine is an effective treatment for SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction.’
    • ‘Another type of treatment consisted of the oral administration of a drug known as yohimbine.’
    • ‘After one month placebo-treated patients were crossed over to yohimbine and yohimbine patients continued in the same manner.’
    • ‘Small amounts of yohimbine can improve central-nervous-system stimulation when taken alone or with low doses of caffeine.’
    • ‘Before Viagra was developed, doctors sometimes prescribed a natural compound called yohimbine derived from the bark of an African tree.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from yohimbe + -ine.

Pronunciation:

yohimbine

/jəʊˈhɪmbiːn/