rauwolfia

noun
rau·​wol·​fia | \ rau̇-ˈwu̇l-fē-ə How to pronounce rauwolfia (audio) , 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rauwolfia. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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rauwolfia

noun
rau·​wol·​fia | \ rau̇-ˈwu̇l-fē-ə How to pronounce rauwolfia (audio) , rȯ- How to pronounce rauwolfia (audio) \

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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