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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
absertives n purging or scouring, cleanse pores, clean & wipe away humors. n Banister 134
absinth n wormwood Artemisia absinthium III 23 or wormseed D-astringent & warming, purging, used with honey n Culpeper p18, Gerard 1097-8
acanthi or acantha n Acanthus mollis III 175 bear's breech or foot roots, applied or drunk. When drunk provokes urine & stop belly n Gerard 1148
accidul. n n
aceto scillitico n vinegar distilled with squills n
acetosae n dock Rumex acetosa II 114 common sorrel seeds, roots, leaves: mouthwash, jaundice settle stomach n Gerard 388
acetosell. n Oxalis acetosella wood sorrel see above, similar n Gerard 398
acetositatis citri n n
acetum y aceti vinegar V 13 Many things added: antiseptic; mild diuretic. D- to cool & bind n
achor n kind of ulceration to head, like scurf n Epitome Pt 2 p52
acorus n Acorus calamus I 18 sweet flag roots, a tonic: D- warming: for women's disorders, digestive problems y Culpeper p5,
acu. Punct. n n
adeps, adipis y II 76 lard or fat: basis of salves & ointments n
affundentus n n
agaricus n Polyporus officinale III 1 agarick: fungus on larch tree drawing and drying, purges flegm, best with other things y Culpeper, Gerard 1365
agrestil n Bulbus agrestis Colchicum autumnale IV 84 colchicum Roman name for autumn crocus; given to those who have gout n Gerard 162 & 4
agrymony n Agrimonia eupatoria IV 41 agrimony applied to cuts, or drunk for dysentery n Gerard 713
ague n intermittent fever; quartan = 72 hr interval. tertian = 48 hour interval, i.e. every 3 days: fit generally starts at noon. quotidian = 24 hour interval; n Lex. Med.
alembick n still used professionally or at home to make medicines & waters n
alycyrrhisa n n
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