noun \ˈgōl-dən-ˌsēl\

Definition of GOLDENSEAL

:  a perennial North American herb (Hydrastis canadensis) of the buttercup family with large leaves and a thick knotted yellow rhizome sometimes used medicinally

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noun \ˈgōl-dən-ˌsēl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GOLDENSEAL

: a perennial American herb of the genus Hydrastis (H. canadensis) with a thick knotted yellow rootstock and large rounded leaves


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis).—Kitty Kohout/Root Resources

Perennial herb (Hydrastis canadensis) native to woods of the eastern U.S. Its rootstocks have medicinal properties. The plant has a single greenish-white flower, the sepals of which fall as they open. The fruits grow in clusters of small red berries. Goldenseal is sometimes planted in shady wild gardens but is also grown commercially for the yellow rootstocks, which yield hydrastine, an alkaloid. Used medicinally by Native Americans, it is now a popular herbal supplement taken for minor pain and infections.


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