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The ‘Cecil’ Glossary of Materia Medica and Medical Terminology
Word From Document Chemical or Mineral? Other Contemporary Name or Alternative Spelling Modern Botanical: Stace/Grin Dioscorides ref Alternative Names explanation: D = Dioscorides Imported Source of Info
falling sickness n epilepsia (Greek) epilepsy convulsion, drawing & stretching of whole parts of body spasmodically n Barrough p40
felle bovino n ox gall fel = gall hot & dry; for diseases of the eye: in a compound expels dead child n Banister p102
fennel roots n Foeniculum vulgare III 70 antispasmodic, expectorant, diuretic, against dropsie y Gerard 1032
fennell, sweet n Foeniculum dulce III 67 good for sight, inflamed stomach, provokes menses n Wirsung
fenugreek n foenigraeci Trigonella foenum-graecum II 124 for chest & lungs, swellings, imposthumes, cleansing y Wirsung, Gerard 1197
fenugreek meal n farinae fenugreci II 102 good for plasters, used to clear dandruff, takes away inflammation n Gerard 1197
fever n unnatural heat, beginning at heart & spreading by veins & arteries n Barrough p215
fever (burning) n a continual tertian n Barrough p230
ficcum n Ficus carica I 128 including coughs, as laxative, use dry or burnt; can also apply leaves y Wirsung
ficus / ficubus n see above fig tree; D- binding agent used for gout with fenugreek flowers & vinegar: best from Provence y Wirsung, Gerard 1511
filberds n hazel nut Coryllus avellana I 125 treat an old cough, ground up to restore hair, cooling n Gerard 1440
filix, filicis n ferns Polypodium filix or vulgare IV 186 fern root of fern, good for rickets in children, diseases of spleen n Gerard 1128
fistula n ulcer lying deep n Markham/ Ladies' Disp 275
fits of the mother n hysteria illness caused by problems in the womb or 'mother': Culpeper; drawing of the womb upwards n Fissell, 2004 pp58-61
fit of the stone n n
flax n Linum usitatissimum II 103 linseed apply as poultice, boil with wine for shingles, in bath for women's privy parts n Wirsung, Gerard 557
flux n extraordinary evacuation of a humour or bowels n Barrough p120, p190, Ed. Med.
foeniculi n Foeniculum vulgare III 81 fennel draws down milk, decoction of fronds diuretical, also seeds n Gerard 1032
fol. orient n folium orientale y Wirsung
fol. lauri n Laurus nobilis bay leaf when added to dishes, cuts desire for vomiting n Gerard 1408
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