milk thistle


Definition of milk thistle

: a tall thistle (Silybum marianum) having white-veined dark green leaves and large purple flower heads that is native to the Mediterranean region but has become naturalized elsewhere including the U.S. also : an extract of milk thistle and especially its seeds that is held to protect the liver from damage or disease

Examples of milk thistle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only difference in my lifestyle was the milk thistle. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 26 May 2021 The major ingredients are B-12 and other B vitamins, raisin tree extract, turmeric and milk thistle. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2019 Instead, Lopez takes a handful of herbal supplements including aforementioned turmeric, milk thistle, burdock root, and neem leaf. Devon Abelman, Allure, 13 Dec. 2017 Alana Giarrano, an undergraduate, appeared with a box containing milk thistle, St. John’s wort, stinging nettle and a plant with a fuzzy pink shock of a flower, like a tiny mohawk, called dwarf coral, or celosia. Written By Annie Correal; Photographs By Karsten Moran, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of milk thistle

1562, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of milk thistle was in 1562

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Medical Definition of milk thistle

1 : a tall thistle (Silybum marianum) that is the source of silymarin, has large clasping white-blotched leaves and large purple flower heads with bristly receptacles, and is native to southern Europe but has been widely introduced elsewhere including the United States
2 : an extract of milk thistle and especially its seeds : silymarin


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