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glycyrrhiza

Pronunciation: glis-i-ri'za

Definition: The dried rhizome and root of Glycyrrhiza glabra (family Leguminoseae) and allied species; a demulcent, mild laxative, and expectorant; also used to disguise the taste of other remedies; its action appears to depend on glycyrrhizic acid, a salt-retaining glycoside that mimics the action of aldosterone.

Synonym(s): licorice, liquorice

[G. fr. glykys, sweet, + rhiza, root]

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