noun \ˌspī-rə-ˈlī-nə\

Definition of SPIRULINA

:  a microscopic filamentous aquatic cyanobacterium (genus Spirulina, especially S. platensis syn. Arthrospira platensis) that is sometimes cultivated for use as food especially as a dietary supplement


New Latin, from spirula small coil, diminutive of Latin spira coil
First Known Use: 1977


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any cyanobacteria in the genus Spirulina. A traditional food source in parts of Africa and Mexico, spirulina is an exceptionally rich source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, and one of the few nonanimal sources of vitamin B. It is now being widely studied for its possible antiviral, anticancer, antibacterial, and antiparasitic properties, and has been used for such medical conditions as allergies, ulcers, anemia, heavy-metal poisoning, and radiation poisoning. It is also used in weight-loss programs.


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