cahinca root

noun
ca·​hin·​ca root | \ kə-ˈhiŋ-kə- How to pronounce cahinca root (audio) \
variants: also cainca root \ kə-​ˈiŋ-​kə-​ How to pronounce cainca root (audio) \

Medical Definition of cahinca root

1 : the root of a tropical American shrub (Chiococca alba) used medicinally as a purgative and diuretic
2 : the root of a South American shrub (Chiococca anguifuga) used as an antidote for snake poison

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“Cahinca root.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/cahinca%20root. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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