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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ham'a-me'lis

Definition: A shrub or small tree, Hamamelis virginiana (family Harmarmelidaceae), the bark and dried leaves of which have been used externally as an application to contusions and other injuries, in headache, and for the cure of noninflammatory hemorrhoids; the water, popularly known as “extract of witch hazel,” is made from the bark and contains 14% alcohol.

Synonym(s): witch hazel

[Mod. L., fr. G. hama- melis, fr. hama, together with, + melon, apple]

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