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jalap

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noun jal·ap \ˈja-ləp, ˈjä-\

Definition of jalap

  1. 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. 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


Medical Dictionary

jalap

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noun jal·ap \ˈjal-əp, ˈjäl-\

Medical Definition of jalap

  1. 1a:  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 glycosidesb:  the root or derived drug of plants related to the one supplying jalap—see tampico jalap

  2. 2:  a plant yielding jalap




Learn More about jalap

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "jalap" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "jalap"


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