ma huang

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noun \ˈmä-ˈhwäŋ\

Definition of ma huang

  1. 1 :  the chiefly dried stems and roots of any of several eastern Asian ephedras (especially Ephedra sinica) that yield ephedrine

  2. 2 :  ephedra 2

Origin and Etymology of ma huang

Chinese (Beijing) máhuáng


First Known Use: 1926


Medical Dictionary

ma huang

noun \ˈmä-ˈhwäŋ\

Medical Definition of ma huang

  1. 1:  the chiefly dried stems and roots of any of several eastern Asian ephedras (especially Ephedra sinica) that yield ephedrine

  2. 2:  ephedra 2 … herbal stimulants such as ma huang (ephedra) can cause dangerously high blood pressure and irregular heart rhythms.—William Haskell, Newsweek, 2 Dec. 2002


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