jalap

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noun jal·ap \ˈja-ləp, ˈjä-\

Definition of jalap

  1. 1a :  the dried tuberous root of a Mexican plant (Ipomoea purga synonym Exogonium purga) of the morning-glory family; also :  a powdered purgative drug prepared from it that contains resinous glycosidesb :  the root or derived drug of plants related to the one supplying jalap

  2. 2 :  a plant yielding jalap

Origin and Etymology of jalap

French & Spanish; French jalap, from Spanish jalapa, from Jalapa, Mexico


First Known Use: 1644


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jalap

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noun jal·ap \ˈjal-əp, ˈjäl-\

Medical Definition of jalap

  1. 1a:  the dried tuberous root of a Mexican plant of the genus Ipomoea (I. purga); also :  a powdered purgative drug prepared from this root that contains resinous glycosidesb:  the root or derived drug of plants related to the one supplying jalap—see tampico jalap

  2. 2:  a plant yielding jalap


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