althaea

noun
al·​thaea | \ al-ˈthē-ə How to pronounce althaea (audio) \

Medical Definition of althaea

1 capitalized : a genus of Old World herbs of the mallow family that have terminal spikelike clusters of showy flowers and include the hollyhock and marshmallow
2 or althea : the dried root of the marshmallow deprived of its brown corky layer and small roots and used as a demulcent and emollient

called also marshmallow root

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“Althaea.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/althaea. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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