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astragalus

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noun as·trag·a·lus \ə-ˈstra-gə-ləs\

Definition of astragalus

  1. 1 plural astragali play \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\ :  2talus 1

  2. 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 and Etymology 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


Medical Dictionary

astragalus

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noun as·trag·a·lus \ə-ˈstrag-ə-ləs\

Medical Definition of astragalus

plural

astragali

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

  2. 2:  the dried root of an Asian herb (Astragalus membranaceus synonym A. propinquus) used especially as an herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine; also :  a preparation or extract of this root




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