ma huang

noun
\ ˈmä-ˈhwäŋ How to pronounce ma huang (audio) \

Definition of ma huang

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

First Known Use of ma huang

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ma huang

Chinese (Beijing) máhuáng

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“Ma huang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ma%20huang. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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ma huang

noun
\ ˈmä-ˈhwäŋ \

Medical Definition of ma huang

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