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camphor

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noun cam·phor \ˈkam(p)-fər\

Simple Definition of camphor

  • : a white substance with a strong smell that is used in medicine and to keep insects away

Full Definition of camphor

  1. :  a tough gummy volatile aromatic crystalline compound C10H16O obtained especially from the wood and bark of the camphor tree and used as a liniment and mild topical analgesic in medicine, as a plasticizer, and as an insect repellent; also :  any of several similar compounds (as some terpene alcohols and ketones)

cam·pho·ra·ceous play \ˌkam(p)-fə-ˈrā-shəs\ adjective

Origin of camphor

Middle English caumfre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin camphora, from Arabic kāfūr, from Malay kapur


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with camphor


CAMPHOR Defined for Kids

camphor

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noun cam·phor \ˈkam-fər\

Definition of camphor

  1. :  a white fragrant solid that comes from the wood and bark of a tall Asian tree (camphor tree) and is used mostly in medicine, in making plastics, and to repel moths




Medical Dictionary

camphor

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noun cam·phor \ˈkam(p)-fər\

Medical Definition of camphor

  1. :  a tough gummy volatile aromatic crystalline compound C10H16O obtained especially from the wood and bark of the camphor tree and used topically as a liniment and mild analgesic, as a plasticizer, and as an insect repellent; also :  any of several similar compounds (as some terpene alcohols and ketones)

  2. cam·phor·ic \kam-ˈfȯr-ik, -ˈfär-\play adjective





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