Definition of Colocynth

1. n. The light spongy pulp of the fruit of the bitter cucumber (Citrullus, or Cucumis, colocynthis), an Asiatic plant allied to the watermelon; coloquintida. It comes in white balls, is intensely bitter, and a powerful cathartic. Called also bitter apple, bitter cucumber, bitter gourd.

Definition of Colocynth

1. Noun. A viny plant, ''Citrullus colocynthis'', native to the Mediterranean Basin and Asia. It produces a lemon-sized, yellowish, green-mottled, spongy, and extremely bitter fruit, a powerful hepatic stimulant and hydragogue cathartic used as a strong laxative. ¹

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Definition of Colocynth

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Medical Definition of Colocynth

1. The peeled dried fruit of Citrullus colcynthis (family Cucurbitaceae), an herb of the sandy shores of the Mediterranean, resembling somewhat the watermelon plant; formerly widely used as a cathartic and laxative. Synonym: bitter apple. Origin: G. Kolokynthe, the round gourd or pumpkin (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Colocynth

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1. Pharmaceutical Journal by Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1853)
"extract to proof spirit, and the authors of the new process seem to have assumed that a similar result is obtained by treating the colocynth with cold water ..."

2. Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1856)
"colocynth has occasioned death in several instances : in one case a teaspoonful and a half of colocynth powder destroyed life ; and one drachm of gamboge, ..."

3. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"colocynth is excreted by the kidneys and milk, and should therefore not be used by nursing women. ... The toxic dose of colocynth is 0.6 to i Gm. ; fatal, ..."

4. Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Proximate by Alfred Henry Allen (1896)
"colocynth Bitter. The fruit of the colocynth or bitter apple, Citrullus cvlo- cynthis, contains a neutral bitter principle called ..."

5. Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and ...by Francis Peyre Porcher by Francis Peyre Porcher (1869)
"colocynth Ext. possessing properties similar to colocynth ... Ipecac renders the action of colocynth Compound less violent, and at the same time increases ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1862)
"Has the resinoid principle of colocynth, extracted by alcohol, ... 2£ Ibs. colocynth were deprived of the seeds, and the pulp weighing 10 ounces, ..."

7. A Universal formulary: Containing the Methods of Preparing and Administering by Robert Eglesfeld Griffith (1866)
"Macerate the colocynth in the alcohol, with a mild hi at for four days, ... Powdered colocynth, four parts. Sulphate of potassa, Oil of cloves, each, ..."

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