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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ab-sin′thē-ŭm


The dried leaves and tops of Artemisia absinthium (family Compositae). Now seldom used, the infusion formerly was used as a tonic; in large or frequently repeated doses it produces headache, trembling, and epileptiform convulsions.

Synonym(s): wormwood

[L., fr. G. apsinthion]

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