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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ya'ko-na


A Fijian drink made from the powdered root of Piper methysticum (family Piperaceae); excessive drinking of it causes a state of hyperexcitability and a loss of power in the legs; chronic intoxication induces roughening of the skin and a state of debility.

Synonym(s): kava2, kava kava, yanggona

[Fijian name]

See Also: methysticum

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