podophyllum

noun
podo·​phyl·​lum | \ ˌpä-də-ˈfi-ləm How to pronounce podophyllum (audio) \

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

First Known Use of podophyllum

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for podophyllum

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

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“Podophyllum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podophyllum. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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podophyllum

noun
podo·​phyl·​lum | \ -ˈfil-əm How to pronounce podophyllum (audio) \

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\ -​ˈfil-​ˌī How to pronounce podophyllum (audio) \ 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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