A toxin with neurologic effects, first isolated from Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) and also present in some species of Hebeloma and Inocybe. The quaternary trimethylammonium salt of 2-methyl-3-hydroxy-5-(aminomethyl)tetrahydrofuran, it is a cholinergic substance whose pharmacologic effects resemble those of acetylcholine and postganglionic parasympathetic stimulation (cardiac inhibition, vasodilation, salivation, lacrimation, bronchoconstriction, gastrointestinal stimulation).

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mus·ca·rine 'məs-kə-.rēn n a toxic ammonium base [C9H20NO2]+ that is biochemically related to acetylcholine, is found esp. in fly agaric, acts directly on smooth muscle, and when ingested produces profuse salivation and sweating, abdominal colic with evacuation of bowels and bladder, contracted pupils and blurring of vision, excessive bronchial secretion, bradycardia, and respiratory depression

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mus·ca·rine (musґkə-rēn) a cholinomimetic alkaloid occurring in the mushrooms Amanita muscaria and various species of the genera Inocybe and Clitocybe; ingestion causes muscarinism, a type of mushroom poisoning characterized by parasympathetic effects such as decrease in heart rate and contractility; bronchoconstriction; dilation of arterioles; increase in motility, tone, and secretion of the stomach and intestines; stimulation of the urinary bladder; and stimulation of the salivary, lacrimal, and sweat glands. See also muscarinic receptors, under receptor.

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