Medical Dictionary


noun eu·ge·nia \yü-ˈjēn-yə, -ˈjē-nē-ə\

Medical Definition of eugenia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of tropical trees and shrubs of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) having aromatic leaves and including one (E. aromatica) that is the source of cloves

  2. 2:  any tree of the genus Eugenia

Biographical Note for eugenia


\œ̅-zhen\play (1663–1736), Prince of Savoy. A general in the service of Austria, Eugène served brilliantly in wars against the Turks and later the French. In the Spanish War of Succession (1701–1714) he fought in a long series of campaigns and won several battles. He was one of the victors in the famous battle at Blenheim in 1704. The genus Eugenia was named in his honor by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753.

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up eugenia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a trip made at another's expense

Get Word of the Day daily email!