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sassafras

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noun sas·sa·fras \ˈsas-ə-ˌfras\

Medical Definition of sassafras

  1. 1:  a tall eastern North American tree (Sassafras albidum) of the laurel family (Lauraceae) with mucilaginous twigs and leaves

  2. 2:  the dried root bark of the sassafras formerly used as a diaphoretic and flavoring agent but now prohibited for use as a flavoring or food additive because of its carcinogenic properties





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