astragalus

noun
as·trag·a·lus | \ə-ˈstra-gə-ləs \

Definition of astragalus 

1 plural astragali\-ˌlī, -ˌlē\ : talus entry 2 sense 1

2 : the dried root of an Asian milk vetch (Astragalus membranaceus) used especially as a remedy in Chinese herbal medicine also : a preparation or extract of this root

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The combination of elderflower, milk thistle, nettle and astragalus is said to lessen the symptoms of altitude sickness. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "How to beat altitude sickness (or, getting high isn’t always fun)," 26 May 2017 The combination of elderflower, milk thistle, nettle and astragalus is said to lessen the symptoms of altitude sickness. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "How to beat altitude sickness (or, getting high isn’t always fun)," 26 May 2017 The combination of elderflower, milk thistle, nettle and astragalus is said to lessen the symptoms of altitude sickness. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "How to beat altitude sickness (or, getting high isn’t always fun)," 26 May 2017 The combination of elderflower, milk thistle, nettle and astragalus is said to lessen the symptoms of altitude sickness. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "How to beat altitude sickness (or, getting high isn’t always fun)," 26 May 2017 The combination of elderflower, milk thistle, nettle and astragalus is said to lessen the symptoms of altitude sickness. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "How to beat altitude sickness (or, getting high isn’t always fun)," 26 May 2017 The product’s ingredients were mysterious: lion’s mane, shilajit, astragalus, rhodiola, stevia, maca. Molly Young, New York Times, "How Amanda Chantal Bacon Perfected the Celebrity Wellness Business," 25 May 2017 The combination of elderflower, milk thistle, nettle and astragalus is said to lessen the symptoms of altitude sickness. Christopher Elliott, chicagotribune.com, "How to alleviate altitude sickness while traveling in the mountains," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of astragalus

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for astragalus

New Latin, from Latin, from Greek astragalos neck vertebra, ankle joint, milk vetch (from the vertebra-like appearance of the flower clusters)

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astragalus

noun
as·trag·a·lus | \ə-ˈstrag-ə-ləs \
plural astragali\-ˌlī, -ˌlē \

Medical Definition of astragalus 

1 : one of the proximal bones of the tarsus of the higher vertebrates — see talus sense 1

2 : the dried root of an Asian herb (Astragalus membranaceus synonym A. propinquus) used especially as an herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine also : a preparation or extract of this root

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