senna

noun

sen·​na ˈse-nə How to pronounce senna (audio)
1
: any of a genus (Cassia synonym Senna) of leguminous herbs, shrubs, and trees native to warm regions : cassia sense 2
especially : one used medicinally
2
: the dried leaflets or pods of various sennas (especially Cassia angustifolia synonym Senna alexandrina) used as a purgative

Examples of senna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Older research shows that senna has the potential to help heal hemorrhoids in some cases.15 Additional studies around this theory are needed before senna can be broadly recommended as a specific hemorrhoid treatment. Cristina Mutchler, Health, 1 July 2024 In recent years laxatives have had a mainstream makeover: skinny teas and candies containing senna—an herbal laxative—were popular on Instagram several years ago. Lori Youmshajekian, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2023 Two treatments—magnesium oxide and senna—are included in the recommendations for the first time. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 2 June 2023 This form of laxative is thought to be a more gentle alternative to senna leaf, which has been used as constipation relief for centuries. Jenny Friedman, Ms, Parents, 3 Aug. 2023 Invasive grasses played a role in stoking that fire, known as the Geology fire, which burned in an area populated by Joshua trees, Mojave yucca, creosote and senna, park officials said. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2023 Magnesium oxide also comes in a powder, and senna can be made into tea. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 2 June 2023 Magnesium oxide and senna are both available over-the-counter (OTC). Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 2 June 2023 This cheerful name comes from the senna plant, which produces bright yellow flowers every year. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, 4 Jan. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Arabic sanā

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of senna was in 1543

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Cite this Entry

“Senna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/senna. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

senna

noun
sen·​na ˈsen-ə How to pronounce senna (audio)
1
: cassia sense 2
especially : one used as a medicine
2
: the dried leaves or pods of various cassias used as a strong laxative

Medical Definition

senna

noun
sen·​na ˈsen-ə How to pronounce senna (audio)
1
: any of a genus (Cassia synonym Senna) of leguminous plants of warm regions
especially : one used medicinally
2
: the dried leaflets or pods of various sennas (especially Cassia angustifolia synonym Senna alexandrina) used as a purgative

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