Definition of stevia
1 : any of a genus (Stevia) of composite herbs and shrubs of tropical and subtropical America; especially : a white-flowered tender perennial (S. rebaudiana) native to Paraguay
2 : a white powder composed of one or more intensely sweet glycosides derived from the leaves of a stevia (S. rebaudiana) and used as noncaloric sweetener
Origin of stevia
New Latin, from Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve) †1555 Spanish physician and botanist
First Known Use: 1806
Medical Definition of stevia
: a South American perennial shrub (Stevia rebaudiana) of the composite family; also : a very sweet noncaloric glycoside-containing substance that is obtained from the leaves of the stevia and is approved in the United States as a dietary supplement
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