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noun as·cle·pi·as \ə-ˈsklē-pē-əs, a-\

Medical Definition of asclepias

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus (family Asclepiadaceae) of perennial herbs found chiefly in North America with flowers having a corona of five concave hoods each of which bears a slender horn—see butterfly weed, milkweed

  2. 2:  any plant of the genus Asclepias

  3. 3:  the dried root of the butterfly weed formerly used as a diaphoretic and expectorant—called also pleurisy root

Biographical Note for asclepias


, —see staff of aesculapius

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