podophyllum

noun podo·phyl·lum \ ˌpä-də-ˈfi-ləm \

Definition of podophyllum

: the dried rhizome and rootlet of the mayapple that is used as a caustic or as a source of the more effective podophyllin

Origin and Etymology of podophyllum

New Latin, from Podophyllum, genus of herbs including the mayapple


Medical Dictionary

podophyllum

noun podo·phyl·lum \ -ˈfil-əm \

medical Definition of podophyllum

1 capitalized : a small genus of herbs (family Berberidaceae) that have poisonous rootstocks and large fleshy sometimes edible berries
2 plural podophylli play \-ˈfil-ˌī\ or podophyllums : the dried rhizome and rootlet of the mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) that is used as a caustic or as a source of the more effective podophyllin

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