stevia

noun ste·via \ ˈstē-vē-ə , -vyə \

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

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Origin and Etymology of stevia

New Latin, from Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve) †1555 Spanish physician and botanist


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stevia

noun ste·via \ ˈstē-vē-ə \

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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