camphor

noun cam·phor \ ˈkam(p)-fər \

Definition of camphor

:a tough gummy volatile aromatic crystalline compound C10H16O obtained especially from the wood and bark of the camphor tree and used as a liniment and mild topical analgesic in medicine, as a plasticizer, and as an insect repellent; also :any of several similar compounds (such as some terpene alcohols and ketones)

camphoraceous

play \ˌkam(p)-fə-ˈrā-shəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of camphor

Middle English caumfre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin camphora, from Arabic kāfūr, from Malay kapur


CAMPHOR Defined for English Language Learners

camphor

noun

Definition of camphor for English Language Learners

  • : a white substance with a strong smell that is used in medicine and to keep insects away


CAMPHOR Defined for Kids

camphor

noun cam·phor \ ˈkam-fər \

Definition of camphor for Students

:a white fragrant solid that comes from the wood and bark of a tall Asian tree ( camphor tree ) and is used mostly in medicine, in making plastics, and to repel moths

Medical Dictionary

camphor

noun cam·phor \ ˈkam(p)-fər \

medical Definition of camphor

:a tough gummy volatile aromatic crystalline compound C10H16O obtained especially from the wood and bark of the camphor tree and used topically as a liniment and mild analgesic, as a plasticizer, and as an insect repellent; also :any of several similar compounds (as some terpene alcohols and ketones)

camphoric

play \kam-ˈfȯr-ik, -ˈfär-\ adjective


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