Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: li'ko-po'de-um


The spores of Lycopodium clavatum (family Lycopodiaceae) and other species of L.; a yellow, tasteless, and odorless powder; was used as a dusting powder and in pharmacy to prevent the agglutination of pills in a box.

Synonym(s): club moss, vegetable sulfur

[G. lykos, wolf, + pous, foot]

© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.