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milk thistle

noun

Definition of milk thistle

  1. :  a tall thistle (Silybum marianum) having white-veined dark green leaves and large purple flower heads that is native to the Mediterranean region but has become naturalized elsewhere including the United States; also :  an extract of milk thistle and especially its seeds that is held to protect the liver from damage or disease



1562

First Known Use of milk thistle

1562


Medical Dictionary

milk thistle

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noun milk this·tle \-ˈthis-əl\

Medical Definition of milk thistle

  1. :  a tall thistle (Silybum marianum) that is the source of silymarin, has large clasping white-blotched leaves and large purple flower heads with bristly receptacles, and is native to southern Europe but has been widely introduced elsewhere including the United States




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