Definition of Calumba
1. n. The root of a plant (Jateorrhiza Calumba, and probably Cocculus palmatus), indigenous in Mozambique. It has an unpleasantly bitter taste, and is used as a tonic and antiseptic.
Definition of Calumba
1. the root of an East African plant [n -S]
Medical Definition of Calumba
1. The dried root of Jateorrhiza palmata (family Menispermaceae), a tall climbing vine of east Africa; used as a bitter tonic. (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Calumba
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Pharmacographia; a History of the Principal Drugs of Vegetable Origin, Met by Friedrich August Flückiger, Daniel Hanbury (1879)
"Radix Columba ; calumba or ... palmata and J. calumba. Oliver in his Flora of Tropical Africa, i. (1868) 42, accepted the view taken by Miers, ..."
2. Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Proximate by Alfred Henry Allen (1892)
"Berberine, the characteristic yellow alkaloid of calumba root has already been described (page 462). COLUMBIN, or calumba Bitter, ..."
3. A Handbook of therapeutics by Sydney Ringer (1882)
"Being easily tolerated, it is employed when the stomach is weak, as in convalescence from an acute disease, when calumba is often borne with benefit, ..."
4. Science Papers: Chiefly Pharmacological and Botanical by Daniel Hanbury (1876)
"SOME months since there was imported into London from calumba the island of Ceylon, under the name of calumba Wood, a quantity of woody stems cut into ..."
5. The London Medical Gazette (1837)
"The acti?e principle of calumba, whatever may be its nature, is, as it exists in the root, soluble in both water and alcohol. According to Planche it is a ..."
6. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"Wild, Aquilegia COLUMBO, calumba —c. American, se« calumba—c. Marietta, tee calumba. COLUMELLA, (dim. of columna,) Pillar, C» la—c. ..."
7. A Guide to therapeutics and materia medica by Robert Farquharson (1877)
"calumba has no local action. CONSTITUTIONAL ACTION. Physiological. ... in deficient appetite from in- On the Digestive Func- calumba is a good tonic ..."