saw palmetto

noun

Definition of saw palmetto

1 : any of several shrubby palms chiefly of the southern U.S. and West Indies that have spiny-toothed petioles especially : a common palm (Serenoa repens) of the southeastern U.S. with a usually creeping stem
2 : a preparation derived from the berrylike fruit of a saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) that is held to have a therapeutic effect on the prostate gland and is used in dietary supplements and herbal remedies

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1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Saw palmetto.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saw%20palmetto. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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saw palmetto

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saw pal·​met·​to | \ -pal-ˈmet-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce saw palmetto (audio) \

Medical Definition of saw palmetto

1 : any of several shrubby palms chiefly of the southern United States and West Indies with spiny-toothed leafstalks especially : a common palm (Serenoa repens) of the southeastern United States with a usually creeping stem
2 : a preparation derived from the berrylike fruit of a saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) that is held to have a therapeutic effect on the prostate gland and is used in herbal remedies and dietary supplements

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