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podophyllum

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noun podo·phyl·lum \-ˈfi-ləm\

Definition of podophyllum

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



Origin and Etymology of podophyllum

New Latin, from Podophyllum, genus of herbs including the mayapple


First Known Use: 1842


Medical Dictionary

podophyllum

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noun podo·phyl·lum \-ˈfil-əm\

Medical Definition of podophyllum

  1. 1 capitalized :  a small genus of herbs (family Berberidaceae) that have poisonous rootstocks and large fleshy sometimes edible berries

  2. 2plural podophylli \-ˈfil-ˌī\play or podophyllums :  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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