cinchona

noun
cin·​cho·​na | \ siŋ-ˈkō-nə How to pronounce cinchona (audio) , sin-ˈchō- How to pronounce cinchona (audio) \

Definition of cinchona

1 : any of a genus (Cinchona) of South American trees and shrubs of the madder family
2 : the dried bark of a cinchona (such as C. ledgeriana) containing alkaloids (such as quinine) and formerly used as a specific in malaria

Examples of cinchona in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials have even said that Indian plantations could increase the growing capacity of cinchona trees, whose bark contains the compound quinine, which has been used to treat malaria since the 1860s. Emily Schmall And Aniruddha Ghosal, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump praises malaria drug and India ups its production," 19 May 2020 Officials have even said that Indian plantations could increase the growing capacity of cinchona trees, whose bark contains the compound quinine, which has been used to treat malaria since the 1860s. Washington Post, "Trump’s use of malaria drug likely to be welcomed in India," 19 May 2020 Its distinguishing feature is Aperol, a bright orange bitter Italian liqueur of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Italian Cocktails You Can Make at Home," 27 Apr. 2020 The malaria drug chloroquine was developed from quinine, an alkaloid found in the bark of the cinchona tree, which grows in the tropical highlands of South America. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Dangerous Messaging About a Possible Coronavirus Treatment," 27 Mar. 2020 These include cinchona bark (helps with digestion), chamomile (helps with relaxation), cinnamon (antioxidant, aphrodisiac), linden (more of the latter), iris (antiseptic), and saffron (energy and mood boost). Washington Post, "With dessert wine, turn the end of your meal into a grand finale," 13 Dec. 2019 North and South Kivu are home to the largest cinchona forests in the world. The Economist, "Eastern Congo has the world’s largest quinine plantations," 8 June 2019 Indian traders have begun buying cinchona bark and shipping it to Delhi, where the cost of processing is lower. The Economist, "Eastern Congo has the world’s largest quinine plantations," 8 June 2019 Homer talks about it in his masterpieces, and there was once the problem of fake cinchona bark. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How fake drugs can make you sicker — even if you never take them," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of cinchona

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cinchona

New Latin, genus name, from the countess of Chinchón †1641 wife of the Peruvian viceroy

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“Cinchona.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cinchona. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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cinchona

noun
cin·​cho·​na | \ siŋ-ˈkō-nə How to pronounce cinchona (audio) \

Kids Definition of cinchona

: a South American tree whose bark yields quinine

cinchona

noun
cin·​cho·​na | \ siŋ-ˈkō-nə How to pronounce cinchona (audio) , sin-ˈchō- How to pronounce cinchona (audio) \

Medical Definition of cinchona

1 capitalized : a large genus of South American trees and shrubs of the madder family
2 : a tree of the genus Cinchona
3 : the dried bark of any of several trees of the genus Cinchona (especially C. ledgeriana and C. succirubra or their hybrids) containing alkaloids (as quinine, cinchonine, quinidine, and cinchonidine) and being used especially formerly as a specific in malaria, an antipyretic in other fevers, and a tonic and stomachic

called also cinchona bark, Jesuits' bark, Peruvian bark

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