Elaterium
Elaterium El`a*te"ri*um, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, neut. of ? driving. See 2d {Elater}.] A cathartic substance obtained, in the form of yellowish or greenish cakes, as the dried residue of the juice of the wild or squirting cucumber ({Ecballium agreste}, formerly called {Momordica Elaterium}). [1913 Webster]

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  • Elaterium — is the name of a drug consisting of a sediment deposited by the juice of the fruit of Ecballium Elaterium , the squirting cucumber, a native of the Mediterranean region. The plant, which is a member of the natural order Cucurbitaceae, resembles… …   Wikipedia

  • Elaterĭum — Elaterĭum, 1) (E. Spr.), Pflanzengattung aus der Familie Cucurbitaceae Cucurbiteae Cucumerinae, 21. Kl. 5. Ordn. L.; Art u.a.: Spritzgurke (E. carthaginense), einjährige rankende reichbelaubte Pflanze mit grünen, 1 (Zoll langen Früchten, die… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Elaterĭum — Elaterĭum, der eingedickte Saft der Spring oder Eselsgurken, Ecballium E. E. album anglicum, aus dem die Samen umgebenden Safte der unreifen Früchte erhalten, bildet eine weißgraue oder grünliche, bröckelige, geruchlose Masse, schmeckt brennend… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Elaterium — Elaterĭum, der eingedickte Saft der Spring oder Eselsgurke (s. Ecballium), wirkt abführend und brechenerregend; Elaterīn oder Elatīn, der darin enthaltene Bitterstoff …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • elaterium — [el΄ə tir′ē əm] n. 〚L < Gr elatērion, neut. of elatērios, driving < elaunein: see ELASTIC〛 a cathartic obtained from the dried juice of the squirting cucumber of the gourd family * * * …   Universalium

  • elaterium — [el΄ə tir′ē əm] n. [L < Gr elatērion, neut. of elatērios, driving < elaunein: see ELASTIC] a cathartic obtained from the dried juice of the squirting cucumber of the gourd family …   English World dictionary

  • élatérium — (é la té ri om ) s. m. Nom pharmaceutique du concombre sauvage (momordica elaterium, L.). ÉTYMOLOGIE    En grec, qui expulse, du verbe expulser, à cause que, lorsque le fruit est mûr, si l on essaye d y porter la main, ou même, simplement, si l… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • elaterium — /ɛləˈtɪəriəm/ (say eluh tearreeuhm) noun a cathartic obtained from the juice of Ecballium elaterium, the squirting cucumber. {Latin, from Greek elatērion an opening medicine} …   Australian English dictionary

  • ELATERIUM —    a drug obtained from the mucus of the fruit of the squirting cucumber; is a most powerful purgative, and was known to the ancients …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • elaterium — el·a·te·ri·um …   English syllables

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