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The common garden plant Atropa belladonna, the flowers of which contain hyoscine and scopolamine, two drugs that in overdoses cause flushing, dilated pupils, rapid heart rate, hallucinations, coma, and death. The name belladonna (beautiful maiden) derives from the flushed face and dilated pupils caused by ingesting the flowers. Medicinally, both drugs are used as antispasmodics, in preoperative medication, etc.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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