Definition of Male fern

1. Noun. Fern of North America and Europe whose rhizomes and stalks yield an oleoresin used to expel tapeworms.

Exact synonyms: Dryopteris Filix-mas
Generic synonyms: Wood Fern, Wood-fern, Woodfern

Definition of Male fern

1. Noun. Any one of those ferns in the ''Dryopteris '' genus. ¹

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Literary usage of Male fern

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1864)
"male fern in Tapeworm. — Dr. ALEXANDER FLEMING gives the following as the result of his extensive therapeutical inquiries as to the usefulness or otherwise ..."

2. A Textbook of Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Or, The Action of Drugs in by Arthur Robertson Cushny (1910)
":The anthelmintics proper may be divided into those which are used for tapeworm, of which male fern, cusso and pomegranate are the most largely used, ..."

3. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1869)
"The Poisonous Action of Male-fern upon Tapeworms. —Dr. Johan Rulle has been trying to ascertain the anthelmintic elements of male-fern. ..."

4. A Universal formulary: Containing the Methods of Preparing and Administering by Robert Eglesfeld Griffith (1866)
"R. Powdered male fern, at will. Exhaust it in a displacement apparatus, ... R. Ethereal extract of Powder of male fern, twelve grains. male fern, ..."

5. The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly edited by William Braithwaite, James Braithwaite, Edmond Fauriel Trevelyan (1863)
"OIL OF MALE-FERN IN TAPEWORM. By Dr. ALEXANDRA FLEMING, Birmingham. I agree with many in believing that the oil of male-fern, is a cure for tape- •worm ..."

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