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Medical Term:

Balanites aegyptiaca

Pronunciation: bal′ă-nī′tēz ē′jip-tī′ā-kă


A genus of tree growing in North Africa and areas around the eastern Mediterranean, with berries that contain an active principle that is deadly to mollusks, miracidia, cercariae, tadpoles, and fish; used as a prophylactic against schistosomiasis by adding it to drinking water.

[L. balanos, acorn]

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