Definition of Asafetida

1. Noun. The brownish gum resin of various plants; has strong taste and odor; formerly used as an antispasmodic.

Exact synonyms: Asafoetida
Generic synonyms: Natural Resin

Definition of Asafetida

1. n. The fetid gum resin or inspissated juice of a large umbelliferous plant (Ferula asafœtida) of Persia and the East Indies. It is used in medicine as an antispasmodic.

Definition of Asafetida

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of asafoetida) ¹

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Definition of Asafetida

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Medical Definition of Asafetida

1. A gum resin, the inspissated exudate from the root of Ferula foetida (family Umbelliferae); used as a repellent against dogs, cats, and rabbits, and formerly used as an antispasmodic; in Asia, used as a condiment and flavoring agent. Origin: Pers. Aza, mastic, + L. Fetidus, fetid (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Asafetida

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as usual
as was common
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as we speak
as well
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as you do
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as you like
as you sow, so shall you reap
as you wish
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Literary usage of Asafetida

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1. Manual of therapeutics: Referring Especially to the Products of the by Davis & Company Parke, Parke, Davis & Company (1909)
"asafetida and Nux Vomica (CCT 190) ; dose. 1 to 2. asafetida, 3 gis. Ext. Nux vomica, 1-4 gr. Nerve and Brain Sedative (special, pink) • dose, 1 to 2. ..."

2. The Proceedings of the Charaka Club by Charaka Club (1919)
"He establishes the similarity of the plant on the coins to the Nar- thex asafetida of Falconer. This plant (which varies markedly from the ferula asafetida ..."

3. Materia Medica and Therapeutics for Physicians and Students by John Barclay Biddle, Clement Biddle (1895)
"asafetida is a GUM- RESIN obtained from the ROOT of Ferula fetida (Nat. Ord. Umbelliferae), and is derived from Afghanistan. Though these are the sources ..."

4. A Manual of pharmacology and its applications to therapeutics and toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1917)
"asafetida, valerian, and some other malodorous drugs have been used since antiquity ... asafetida is also carminative, and has been used by mouth and enema ..."

5. Organic materia medica: Including the Standard Remedies of the Leading by Parke, Davis & Company (1888)
"Fluid asafetida, P., D. & Co.'s 1 fl. oz. Water 11 fl. ozs. Dose, % fl. oz. ... asafetida, ] gr-. Iron by hydrogen, 1 gr. asafetida, 1-2 gr. ..."

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