rauwolfia

noun
rau·wol·fia | \ rau̇-ˈwu̇l-fē-ə , rȯ- \

Definition of rauwolfia 

1 : any of a genus (Rauvolfia synonym Rauwolfia) of pantropical trees and shrubs of the dogbane family that yield medicinal alkaloids (such as reserpine)

2 : the dried root or an extract from the root of a rauwolfia (especially Rauvolfia serpentina of Asia) used chiefly in the treatment of hypertension

First Known Use of rauwolfia

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rauwolfia

New Latin, from Leonhard Rauwolf †1596 German botanist

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rauwolfia

noun
rau·wol·fia | \ rau̇-ˈwu̇l-fē-ə , rȯ- \

Medical Definition of rauwolfia 

1 : any of a genus (Rauvolfia synonym Rauwolfia) of tropical trees and shrubs of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae) that yield medicinal alkaloids (as reserpine)

2 : the dried root or an extract from the root of a rauwolfia (especially Rauvolfia serpentina of Asia) used chiefly in the treatment of hypertension

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