Medical Dictionary

althaea

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noun al·thaea \al-ˈthē-ə\

Medical Definition of althaea

  1. 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. 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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