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noun asa·fet·i·da

Medical Definition of ASAFETIDA

:  the fetid gum resin of the root of several Asian plants of the genus Ferula (especially F. assafoetida, F. foetida, or F. narthex) that was formerly used in medicine especially as an antispasmodic and in folk medicine as a general prophylactic against disease

Variants of ASAFETIDA

asa·fet·i·da or asa·foet·i·da \ˌas-ə-ˈfit-əd-ē, -ˈfet-əd-ə\


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