gold·​en·​seal | \ˈgōl-dən-ˌsēl \

Definition of goldenseal 

: a perennial North American herb (Hydrastis canadensis) of the buttercup family with large leaves and a thick knotted yellow rhizome sometimes used medicinally

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My own research also revealed that goldenseal does have the potential to interact with other drugs. Allyson Byers, SELF, "I Have a Rare, Chronic Skin Condition, and I Went to Questionable Lengths Looking for a Cure," 1 June 2018

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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gold·​en·​seal | \ˈgōl-dən-ˌsēl \

Medical Definition of goldenseal 

1 : a perennial American herb of the genus Hydrastis (H. canadensis) with a thick knotted yellow rootstock and large rounded leaves

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