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camphor

Pronunciation: kam′fōr

Definition: A ketone distilled from the bark and wood of Cinnamonum camphora, an evergreen tree of Taiwan and Southeast Asia and nearby islands, and also prepared synthetically from oil of turpentine; used in sundry commercial products and as a topical antiinfective and antipruritic agent.

[mediev. L., fr. Ar. kāfure]

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