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Pronunciation: va-le're-an


  1. The rhizome and roots of Valeriana officinalis (family Valerianaceae), a herb native to southern Europe and northern Asia, cultivated also in the U.K. and the U.S.; has been used as a sedative in hysteria and at menopause.
  2. Referring to a class of terpene alkaloids obtained from valerian (1).

Synonym(s): vandal root

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