matico

noun
ma·​ti·​co | \ mə-ˈtē-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce matico (audio) \

Medical Definition of matico

1 : a shrubby tropical wild American pepper (Piper angustifolium) with slender elongated aromatic leaves that are rich in volatile oil, gums, and tannins
2 : the leaves of the matico used especially formerly in medicine chiefly as a stimulant and hemostatic

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“Matico.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/matico. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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