Medical Dictionary


noun spi·ge·lia \spī-ˈjē-l(ē-)yə\

Medical Definition of spigelia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of American herbs (family Loganiaceae) with showy flowers

  2. 2:  pinkroot

Biographical Note for spigelia


\ˈspē-gəl\play ,

Adriaan van den

(1578–1625), Flemish anatomist. Spieghel was for many years professor of anatomy at Padua, Italy. He published a major treatise on human anatomy in 1627. He is also remembered for an introductory text on botany (1606). The genus Spigelia of herbs was named in his honor by Linnaeus in 1753.

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