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Pronunciation: bit′ĕrz


  1. An alcoholic liquor in which bitter vegetable substances (quinine, gentian) have been steeped.
  2. Bitter vegetable drugs (quassia, gentian, cinchona), usually used as tonics.

Synonym(s): amara

See Also: bitter tonic

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