Scammony
Scammony Scam"mo*ny (sk[a^]m"m[-o]*n[y^]), n. [F. scammon['e]e, L. scammonia, scammonea, Gr. skammwni`a.] 1. (Bot.) A species of bindweed or Convolvulus ({C. Scammonia}). [1913 Webster]

2. An inspissated sap obtained from the root of the {Convolvulus Scammonia}, of a blackish gray color, a nauseous smell like that of old cheese, and a somewhat acrid taste. It is used in medicine as a cathartic. [1913 Webster]


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  • scammony — The plant, Convolvulus scammonia (family Convolvulaceae), the dried root of which contains a cathartic resin. SEE ALSO: ipomea. [G. skammonia] * * * scam·mo·ny skam ə nē n, pl nies 1) a twining plant of the genus Convolvulus …   Medical dictionary

  • scammony — dervinis vijoklis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Vijoklinių šeimos augalas (Convolvulus scammonia), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. Iš jo gaunami lipai. atitikmenys: lot. Convolvulus scammonia angl. scammony pranc.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • scammony — scammoniate /ska moh nee it/, adj. /skam euh nee/, n., pl. scammonies. a twining, Asian convolvulus, Convolvulus scammonia. [bef. 1000; ME scamonie, OE < L scamonia < Gk skamonía] * * * …   Universalium

  • scammony — noun Convolvulus scammonia, a twining perennial bindweed native to the eastern part of the Mediterranean basin, whose juice has been used in medicine as scammonium …   Wiktionary

  • scammony — n. variety of plant from the morning glory family (Botany) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scammony — [ skaməni] noun a plant of the convolvulus family, the dried roots of which yield a powerful purgative. [Two species: Convolvulus scammonia of Asia and Ipomoea orizabensis of Mexico.] Origin OE, from OFr. escamonie or L. scammonia, from Gk… …   English new terms dictionary

  • scammony — scam·mo·ny …   English syllables

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