ech·​i·​na·​cea | \ ˌe-ki-ˈnā-sē-ə How to pronounce echinacea (audio) , -sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce echinacea (audio) \

Definition of echinacea

: the dried rhizome, roots, or other parts of any of three purple coneflowers that are used primarily in dietary supplements and herbal remedies for the stimulating effect they are held to have on the immune system also : any of these herbs

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Recent Examples on the Web According to ancient Taoist philosophy, herbal teas and tonics containing ginger, echinacea and astragalus herbs and reishi mushrooms can boost immunity. NBC News, 14 May 2020 Don’t fall for myths: Vitamin C won’t ward off the virus; neither will zinc, echinacea or green tea. Patrick J. Lyons, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020 During Sunday night’s episode, physician Sarath Malepati presented the sharks with his invention, EZC Pak, a five-day immune support pack made of echinacea, zinc and vitamin C that claims to boost the immune system and fight viruses. Eric Todisco,, 4 Nov. 2019 My other echinacea has the brown spots on stems but none of those other symptoms., 19 July 2019 Its proper name is echinacea, which is often sold in dietary supplements to ease common cold symptoms. Cindy Dampier,, 25 July 2019 Also known as echinacea purpurea, the attractive flower can be a real boon to ward off undesirable visitors. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 24 June 2019 Recently a reader sent me pictures of his echinacea leaves with big chunks taken out of them. Sally Mccabe,, 6 June 2019 One Swiss study found that using sage with other herbs like echinacea can help relieve throat irritation. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of echinacea

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for echinacea

New Latin, genus name, from echin- + -acea (feminine of -aceus -aceous)

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“Echinacea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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ech·​i·​na·​cea | \ ˌek-i-ˈnā-sē-ə, -sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce echinacea (audio) \

Medical Definition of echinacea

: the dried rhizome, roots, or other part of any of three composite herbs (Echinacea angustifolia, E. pallida, and E. purpurea) that were formerly listed in the United States Pharmacopeia, that are now used primarily in dietary supplements and herbal remedies, and that are held to stimulate the immune system also : any of these herbs — see purple coneflower


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