podophyllum


podo·phyl·lum

noun \-ˈfi-ləm\

Definition of PODOPHYLLUM

:  the dried rhizome and rootlet of the mayapple that is used as a caustic or as a source of the more effective podophyllin

Origin of PODOPHYLLUM

New Latin, from Podophyllum, genus of herbs including the mayapple
First Known Use: 1842

podo·phyl·lum

noun \-ˈfil-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PODOPHYLLUM

1
capitalized : a small genus of herbs (family Berberidaceae) that have poisonous rootstocks and large fleshy sometimes edible berries
2
plural podo·phyl·li \-ˈfil-ˌī\ or podo·phyllums : the dried rhizome and rootlet of the mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) that is used as a caustic or as a source of the more effective podophyllin

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