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

Word History

Etymology

Chinese (Beijing) máhuáng

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ma huang was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Ma huang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ma%20huang. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

ma huang

noun

ˈmä-ˈhwäŋ
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
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