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jalap

noun jal·ap \ˈja-ləp, ˈjä-\

Definition of JALAP

1
a :  the dried tuberous root of a Mexican plant (Ipomoea purga syn. Exogonium purga) of the morning-glory family; also :  a powdered purgative drug prepared from it that contains resinous glycosides
b :  the root or derived drug of plants related to the one supplying jalap
2
:  a plant yielding jalap

Origin of JALAP

French & Spanish; French jalap, from Spanish jalapa, from Jalapa, Mexico
First Known Use: 1644

Rhymes with JALAP

jalap

noun jal·ap \ˈjal-əp, ˈjäl-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of JALAP

1
a :  the dried tuberous root of a Mexican plant of the genus Ipomoea (I. purga); also :  a powdered purgative drug prepared from this root that contains resinous glycosides b :  the root or derived drug of plants related to the one supplying jalap—see tampico jalap
2
:  a plant yielding jalap

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