Medical Dictionary


noun hel·le·bore \ˈhel-ə-ˌbō(ə)r, -ˌb(ə)r\

Medical Definition of HELLEBORE

a :  any herb of the genus Helleborus b :  the dried roots and rhizome of any medicinal herb of the genus Helleborus (as black hellebore H. niger or green hellebore H. viridis) or a powder or extract of this used by the ancient Greeks and Romans in treating mental and other disorders
a :  any of several poisonous herbs of the genus Veratrum b :  the dried rhizome and roots of either of two hellebores of the genus Veratrum (the false hellebore V. viride of America and V. album of Europe) or a powder or extract of this containing alkaloids (as protoveratrine) used as a cardiac and respiratory depressant and also as an insecticide—called also veratrum, white hellebore
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