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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ur'ti-ka, er'ti-


The herb, Urtica dioica (family Urticaceae); a weed, the leaves of which produce a stinging sensation when touching the skin. It has been used as a diuretic and hemostatic in metrorrhagia, epistaxis, and hematemesis.

Synonym(s): nettle

[L. a nettle, fr. uro, pp. ustus, to burn]

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