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artemisia

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noun ar·te·mis·ia \ˌärt-ə-ˈmizh(-ē)-ə, -ˈmē-zh(ē-)ə, -ˈmiz-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of artemisia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of composite shrubs and herbs (as the sagebrushes and santonicas) that have strongly scented foliage and small rayless flower heads

  2. 2:  any plant of the genus Artemisia



Biographical Note for artemisia

Ar·te·mis, \ˈärt-ə-məs,\ Greek mythological character. Artemis was the Greek goddess of the hunt, wild animals, and the forest. She was identified with the Roman goddess Diana. Artemis was also worshiped as a goddess of chastity and childbirth. The genus Artemisia of composite plants was named after her, and a plant of this genus was formerly used to promote menstruation.


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