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squill

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noun \ˈskwil\

Medical Definition of squill

  1. 1a:  a Mediterranean bulbous herb of the genus Urginea (U. maritima) of the lily family—called also sea onionb:  any of several other plants of the genus Urgineac:  the bulbs of a squill (especially U. maritima)

  2. 2a:  the dried sliced bulb of the white-bulbed form of the squill (Urginea maritima) of the Mediterranean region or the dried sliced bulb of a related Asian plant (U. indica) that contains one or more physically active cardiac glycosides and was formerly used as an expectorant, cardiac stimulant, and diuretic—see urginea 2a; compare white squillb:  red squill 2




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