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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: kol'o-sinth


The peeled dried fruit of Citrullus colcynthis (family Cucurbitaceae), an herb that grows on the sandy shores of the Mediterranean, resembling somewhat the watermelon plant; formerly widely used as a cathartic and laxative.

Synonym(s): bitter apple

[G. kolokynthe, the round gourd or pumpkin]

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