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Pronunciation: hi-dras'tis

Definition: The dried rhizome of Hydrastis canadensis (family Ranunculaceae), native to eastern U.S.; formerly used to treat chronic catarrhal states of the mucous membranes and in metrorrhagia.

Synonym(s): golden seal, jaundice root, yellow root

[Mod. L. fr. G. hydor (hydro-), water, + drao, to accomplish]

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