ma huang

noun \ ˈmä-ˈhwäŋ \

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 2

Origin and Etymology of ma huang

Chinese (Beijing) máhuáng


Medical Dictionary

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 2
  • … herbal stimulants such as ma huang (ephedra) can cause dangerously high blood pressure and irregular heart rhythms.
  • —William HaskellNewsweek2 Dec. 2002

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