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Pronunciation: jal'ap

Definition: The dried tuberous root of Exogonium purga, E. jalapa, or Ipomoea purga (family Convolvulaceae); used as a cathartic.

[Jalapa or Xalapa, a Mexican city from which the drug was exported]

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