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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
haberdynes y large cod, used especially for salting n OED
haematites (lapis) y bloodstone V 144 an iron oxide ore burnt or powdered: for stopping haemorrhages etc y OED, Banister 101
habitus n characteristics of an individual; the tendency to develop a certain disease. n
halicabacus n winter cherry Physalis alkekengi IV 71 provokes urine n Wirsung, Gerard 342
hallus n big toe n Lex. Med.
halooste n n
hartes tongue n lingua cervina Phyllitis scolopendrium III 107 fern to strengthen the viscera, stop haemorrhages, opens spleen & liver n Culpeper p90 (syrup), Gerard 1139
hart's horn y can be powdered: source of a jelly. Resists poison, pestilence and rheumes n Culpeper p51
henbane n Hyoscyamus niger, H. aureus, H albus IV 69 narcotic & poisonous: mitigates pain, leaves, seeds & roots n Wirsung, Gerard 355
hemp n Cannabis sativa III 148 cannabis seed given against jaundice, D- for earache n Wirsung, Gerard 709
hepatiarius n hepatica pertaining to the liver n OED
hepatica n Marchantia polymorpha common liverwort kind of moss: when applied staunches bleeding; stops inflamation n Gerard 1565
hermetic n relating to occult science especially alchemy n OED
hermodactyl n Hermodactylus tuberosus iris roots: purge flegm from joints: also gout: hot & dry y Culpeper p9, Gerard 164
herpes n tetter inflammations on skin n
hiera n hiera picra: electuary purgative: contains aloes & canella, of Greek origin, bitter, widely used n Culpeper p134, Wirsung 731
hirudo n leech horse leech used in blood letting; keeps in water several days n Ed. Med.
hissop n Hyssopus spec. eg. officinalis III 30 hyssop decoctions, coughs, toothache etc n Wirsung, Gerard 580
holihocke rotes n Alcea rosea hollyhock good for stings, similar to wild mallow: hot & moist n Gerard 929
honey n mel II 58 'good for all inward ulcers; opens veins, clenseth reins & bladder' n Culpeper p51
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