sphagnum

noun sphag·num \ ˈsfag-nəm \

Definition of sphagnum

1 :any of an order (Sphagnales, containing a single genus Sphagnum) of atypical mosses that grow only in wet acid areas where their remains become compacted with other plant debris to form peat
2 :a mass of sphagnum plants

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Origin and Etymology of sphagnum

New Latin, from Latin sphagnos, a moss, from Greek


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sphagnum

noun sphag·num \ ˈsfag-nəm \

medical Definition of sphagnum

1 :any of an order (Sphagnales, containing a single genus Sphagnum) of atypical mosses that grow only in wet acid areas where their remains become compacted with other plant debris to form peat
2 :a mass of dehydrated sphagnum plants used as a surgical dressing especially during World War I

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