Definition of stevia
1 : any of a genus (Stevia) of composite herbs and shrubs of tropical and subtropical America; especially : a white-flowered tender perennial (S. rebaudiana) native to Paraguay
2 : a white powder composed of one or more intensely sweet glycosides derived from the leaves of a stevia (S. rebaudiana) and used as noncaloric sweetener
Recent Examples of stevia from the Web
Zollipops are natural lollipops that contain erythritol, xylitol and stevia (sugar alternatives), which neutralize acid in the mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay and cavities.
The product’s ingredients were mysterious: lion’s mane, shilajit, astragalus, rhodiola, stevia, maca.
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Origin and Etymology of stevia
New Latin, from Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve) †1555 Spanish physician and botanist
First Known Use: 1806
Medical Definition of stevia
: a South American perennial shrub (Stevia rebaudiana) of the composite family; also : a very sweet noncaloric glycoside-containing substance that is obtained from the leaves of the stevia
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