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astragalus

noun as·trag·a·lus \ə-ˈstra-gə-ləs\

Definition of ASTRAGALUS

1
plural as·trag·a·li \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\ :  2talus 1
2
:  the dried root of an Asian milk vetch (Astragalus membranaceus) used especially as a remedy in Chinese herbal medicine; also :  a preparation or extract of this root

Origin of ASTRAGALUS

New Latin, from Latin, from Greek astragalos neck vertebra, ankle joint, milk vetch (from the vertebra-like appearance of the flower clusters)
First Known Use: 1541

astragalus

noun as·trag·a·lus \ə-ˈstrag-ə-ləs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural as·trag·a·li \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

Medical Definition of ASTRAGALUS

:  one of the proximal bones of the tarsus of the higher vertebrates—see talus 1

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