1. [ noun ] (chemistry,pharmacology) any of several alkaloids extracted from the shrub Rauwolfia serpentina
Related terms: alkaloid reserpine
2. [ noun ] (botany) any shrub or small tree of the genus Rauwolfia having leaves in whorls and cymose flowers; yield substances used medicinally especially as emetics or purgatives or antihypertensives
Synonyms: rauvolfia
Related terms: shrub snakewood genus_Rauwolfia