rauwolfia

noun

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

Examples of rauwolfia in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Leonhard Rauwolf †1596 German botanist

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rauwolfia was in 1739

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“Rauwolfia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rauwolfia. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

rauwolfia

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