saw palmetto


saw palmetto

noun

Definition of SAW PALMETTO

1
:  any of several shrubby palms chiefly of the southern United States and West Indies that have spiny-toothed petioles; especially :  a common palm (Serenoa repens) of the southeastern United States with a usually creeping stem
2
:  a preparation derived from the berrylike fruit of a saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) that is held to have a therapeutic effect on the prostate gland and is used in dietary supplements and herbal remedies

First Known Use of SAW PALMETTO

1797

Rhymes with SAW PALMETTO

saw pal·met·to

noun \-pal-ˈmet-(ˌ)ō\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAW PALMETTO

1
: any of several shrubby palms chiefly of the southern United States and West Indies with spiny-toothed leafstalks; especially : a common palm (Serenoa repens) of the southeastern United States with a usually creeping stem
2
: a preparation derived from the berrylike fruit of a saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) that is held to have a therapeutic effect on the prostate gland and is used in herbal remedies and dietary supplements—called also sabal

saw palmetto

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several shrubby palms chiefly of the southern U.S. and West Indies that have spiny-toothed petioles (leafstalks), especially a common palm (Serenoa repens) of the southeastern U.S., with a usually creeping stem. Saw palmettos make up part of the vegetation found in the Florida Everglades. When undisturbed, they grow into great masses of foliage. The saw palmetto has recently drawn attention as the source of a possible treatment for prostate cancer.

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