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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: lo-be'le-a


  1. The dried leaves and tops of Lobelia inflata (family Lobeliaceae); lobelia contains several alkaloids: lobeline, lobelamine, lobelanidine, lobelanine, norlobelanine, norlobelanidine, and isolobelanine. The fluid extract and the tincture have been used as an expectorant in asthma and chronic bronchitis.
  2. One of a class of alkaloids isolated from lobelia (1).
  3. Any plant of the genus Lobelia.

Synonym(s): asthma-weed1, wild tobacco

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