Dictionary of complementary and alternative medicine

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  • abscess   noun symptom consisting of a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue
  • acne   noun an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones
  • acorus calamus   noun perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots
  • acquired immune deficiency syndrome   noun a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles
  • acupuncture   noun treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin
  • addiction   noun (Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master;  an abnormally strong craving; being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  • adhd   noun a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders
  • adonis   noun (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone;  any handsome young man;  annual or perennial herbs
  • aging   adj. growing old;  noun the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing age;  acquiring desirable qualities by being left undisturbed for some time
  • agrimony   noun a plant of the genus Agrimonia having spikelike clusters of small yellow flowers
  • alcohol addiction   noun habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms
  • alder   noun north temperate shrubs or trees having toothed leaves and conelike fruit; bark is used in tanning and dyeing and the wood is rot resistant;  wood of any of various alder trees; resistant to underwater rot; used for bridges etc
  • alfalfa   noun leguminous plant grown for hay or forage;  important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop
  • ali   noun the fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son in law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects;  United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)
  • aloe vera   noun very short stemmed plant with thick leaves with soothing mucilaginous juice; leaves develop spiny margins with maturity; native to Mediterranean region; grown widely in tropics and as houseplants
  • alzheimer's disease   noun a progressive form of presenile dementia that is similar to senile dementia except that it usually starts in the 40s or 50s; first symptoms are impaired memory which is followed by impaired thought and speech and finally complete helplessness
  • aniseed   noun liquorice flavored seeds or oil used in cookies or cakes or pickles
  • anxiety   noun a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill defined) misfortune;  a relatively permanent state of anxiety occurring in a variety of mental disorders
  • arnica   noun an ointment used in treating bruises;  any of various rhizomatous usually perennial plants of the genus Arnica;  used especially in treating bruises
  • arthritis   noun inflammation of a joint or joints
  • artichoke   noun a thistlelike flower head with edible fleshy leaves and heart;  Mediterranean thistlelike plant widely cultivated for its large edible flower head
  • ascorbic acid   noun a vitamin found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables; prevents scurvy
  • asian   adj. denoting or characteristic of the biogeographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines and Borneo and Java;  of or relating to or characteristic of Asia or the peoples of Asia or their languages or culture;  noun a native or inhabitant of Asia
  • asthenia   noun an abnormal loss of strength
  • asthma   noun respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
  • astragalus   noun large genus of annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of north temperate regions; largest genus in the family Leguminosae;  the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
  • atherosclerosis   noun a stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls
  • athlete   noun a person trained to compete in sports
  • atropa belladonna   noun perennial Eurasian herb with reddish bell shaped flowers and shining black berries; extensively grown in United States; roots and leaves yield atropine
  • balm   noun any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing;  semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
  • belladonna   noun an alkaloidal extract or tincture of the poisonous belladonna plant that is used medicinally;  perennial Eurasian herb with reddish bell shaped flowers and shining black berries; extensively grown in United States; roots and leaves yield atropine
  • beta carotene   noun an isomer of carotene that is found in dark green and dark yellow fruits and vegetables
  • bilberry   noun blue black berries similar to American blueberries; erect blueberry of western United States having solitary flowers and somewhat sour berries;  erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue black berries
  • biofeedback   noun a training program in which a person is given information about physiological processes (heart rate or blood pressure) that is not normally available with the goal of gaining conscious control of them
  • biotin   noun a B vitamin that aids in body growth
  • bipolar disorder   noun a mental disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression
  • birch   adj. consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree;  noun a switch consisting of a twig or a bundle of twigs from a birch tree; used to hit people as punishment;  any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula having a thin peeling bark;  hard close grained wood of any of various birch trees; used especially in furniture and interior finishes and plywood;  verb whip with a birch twig
  • bird   noun warm blooded egg laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings;  the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food;  badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers;  a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt;  informal terms for a (young) woman;  verb watch and study birds in their natural habitat
  • bitter   adj. proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity; expressive of severe grief or regret;  one of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine;  very difficult to accept or bear;  marked by strong resentment or cynicism; causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold;  harsh or corrosive in tone;  adv. extremely and sharply;  nounthe taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth; English term for a dry sharp tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft);  the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste; verb make bitter
  • bitter orange   noun highly acidic orange used especially in marmalade;  any of various common orange trees yielding sour or bitter fruit; used as grafting stock
  • bittersweet   adj. tinged with sadness;  having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness;  noun twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds;  poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral red berries; widespread weed in North America
  • black   adj. marked by anger or resentment or hostility;  of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub Saharan African origin;  extremely dark;  being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light;  (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood;  soiled with dirt or soot;  dressed in black;  (of coffee) without cream or sugar;  (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame;  offering little or no hope;  (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading;  harshly ironic or sinister;  distributed or sold illicitly;  noun black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning);  (board games) the darker pieces;  the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white);  a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa);  popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928);  British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728 1799);  total absence of light;  verb make or become black
  • black cohosh   noun North American bugbane found from Maine and Ontario to Wisconsin and south to Georgia
  • bladderwrack   noun a common rockweed used in preparing kelp and as manure;  similar to and found with black rockweed
  • blessed   adj. highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace); having good fortune bestowed or conferred upon; sometimes used as in combination;  characterized by happiness and good fortune; enjoying the bliss of heaven;  worthy of worship;  expletives used informally as intensifiers;  Roman Catholic; proclaimed one of the blessed and thus worthy of veneration
  • blessed thistle   noun annual of Mediterranean to Portugal having hairy stems and minutely spiny toothed leaves and large heads of yellow flowers;  tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white blotched leaves and purple flower heads; naturalized in California and South America
  • blueberry   noun sweet edible dark blue berries of either low growing or high growing blueberry plants;  any of numerous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium bearing blueberries
  • bodybuilding   noun exercise that builds muscles through tension
  • bogbean   noun perennial plant of Europe and America having racemes of white or purplish flowers and intensely bitter trifoliate leaves; often rooting at water margin and spreading across the surface
  • boron   noun a trivalent metalloid element; occurs both in a hard black crystal and in the form of a yellow or brown powder
  • boswellia   noun genus of trees of North Africa and India that yield incense
  • brain   noun that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord;  mental ability;  the brain of certain animals used as meat;  that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason;  someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality;  verb kill by smashing someone's skull;  hit on the head
  • buckthorn   noun any shrub or small tree of the genus Bumelia;  a shrub or shrubby tree of the genus Rhamnus; fruits are source of yellow dyes or pigments;  an Old World plantain with long narrow ribbed leaves widely established in temperate regions
  • bugleweed   noun a mildly narcotic and astringent aromatic herb having small whitish flowers; eastern United States;  any of various low growing annual or perennial evergreen herbs native to Eurasia; used for ground cover
  • butcher   noun a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market;  a brutal indiscriminate murderer;  a retailer of meat; someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence;  verb kill (animals) usually for food consumption
  • butcher's broom   noun shrub with stiff flattened stems resembling leaves (cladophylls); used for making brooms
  • butterbur   noun small Eurasian herb having broad leaves and lilac pink rayless flowers; found in moist areas
  • cabbage   noun any of various types of cabbage;  any of various cultivars of the genus Brassica oleracea grown for their edible leaves or flowers;  informal terms for money;  verb make off with belongings of others
  • cad   noun someone who is morally reprehensible;  software used in art and architecture and engineering and manufacturing to assist in precision drawing
  • caffeine   noun a bitter alkaloid found in coffee and tea that is responsible for their stimulating effects
  • calamus   noun a genus of Sparidae;  the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally;  any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus; light tough stems are a source of rattan canes;  the hollow spine of a feather;  perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots
  • calcium   noun a white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light; the fifth most abundant element in the earth's crust; an important component of most plants and animals
  • calendula   noun any of numerous chiefly annual herbs of the genus Calendula widely cultivated for their yellow or orange flowers; often used for medicinal and culinary purposes
  • california   noun a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
  • camphor tree   noun large evergreen tree of warm regions whose aromatic wood yields camphor
  • cancer   noun type genus of the family Cancridae;  the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22;  a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini;  (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer;  any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream
  • caraway   noun leaves used sparingly in soups and stews;  a Eurasian plant with small white flowers yielding caraway seed
  • carpal tunnel syndrome   noun a painful disorder caused by compression of a nerve in the carpal tunnel; characterized by discomfort and weakness in the hands and fingers and by sensations of tingling, burning or numbness
  • cartilage   noun tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
  • cataract   noun a large waterfall; violent rush of water over a precipice;  clouding of the natural lens of the eye
  • catarrh   noun inflammation of the nose and throat with increased production of mucus
  • cayenne   noun a long and often twisted hot red pepper;  ground pods and seeds of pungent red peppers of the genus Capsicum; plant bearing very hot and finely tapering long peppers; usually red
  • cedar   noun any cedar of the genus Cedrus;  durable aromatic wood of any of numerous cedar trees; especially wood of the red cedar often used for cedar chests;  any of numerous trees of the family Cupressaceae that resemble cedars
  • centaury   noun any plant of the genus Centaurea;  any of various plants of the genus Centaurium
  • chamomile   noun Eurasian plant apple scented foliage and white rayed flowers and feathery leaves used medicinally; in some classification systems placed in genus Anthemis
  • chemotherapy   noun the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease (or mental illness)
  • chiropractic   noun a method of treatment that manipulates body structures (especially the spine) to relieve low back pain or even headache or high blood pressure
  • cholesterol   noun an animal sterol that is normally synthesized by the liver; the most abundant steroid in animal tissues
  • chromium   noun a hard brittle multivalent metallic element; resistant to corrosion and tarnishing
  • cinnamon   noun spice from the dried aromatic bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree; used as rolled strips or ground;  tropical Asian tree with aromatic yellowish brown bark; source of the spice cinnamon; aromatic bark used as a spice
  • circadian rhythm   noun a daily cycle of activity observed in many living organisms
  • clove   noun spice from dried unopened flower bud of the clove tree; used whole or ground;  one of the small bulblets that can be split off of the axis of a larger garlic bulb;  moderate sized very symmetrical red flowered evergreen widely cultivated in the tropics for its flower buds which are source of cloves;  aromatic flower bud of a clove tree; yields a spice
  • cocoa   noun powder of ground roasted cacao beans with most of the fat removed;  a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot
  • coffee   noun a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans;  any of several small trees and shrubs native to the tropical Old World yielding coffee beans;  a medium brown to dark brown color;  a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee
  • cohosh   noun a plant of the genus Actaea having acrid poisonous berries
  • colic   noun acute abdominal pain (especially in infants)
  • colloidal   adj. of or relating to or having the properties of a colloid
  • comfrey   noun leaves make a popular tisane; young leaves used in salads or cooked;  perennial herbs of Europe and Iran; make rapidly growing groundcover for shaded areas
  • concussion   noun any violent blow;  injury to the brain caused by a blow; usually resulting in loss of consciousness
  • constipation   noun irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis;  the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
  • coriander   noun parsley like herb used as seasoning or garnish; dried coriander seeds used whole or ground;  Old World herb with aromatic leaves and seed resembling parsley
  • coronary artery disease   noun a stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls
  • cortex   noun the tissue forming the outer layer of an organ or structure in plant or animal;  the layer of unmyelinated neurons (the grey matter) forming the cortex of the cerebrum
  • cough   noun the act of exhaling air suddenly with a noise;  sudden expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis;  verb exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion
  • cowslip   noun early spring flower common in British isles having fragrant yellow or sometimes purple flowers;  swamp plant of Europe and North America having bright yellow flowers resembling buttercups
  • cranberry   noun very tart red berry used for sauce or juice;  any of numerous shrubs of genus Vaccinium bearing cranberries
  • creatine   noun an amino acid that does not occur in proteins but is found in the muscle tissue of vertebrates both in the free form and as phosphocreatine; supplies energy for muscle contraction
  • crohn   noun United States physician who specialized in diseases of the intestines; he was the first to describe regional ileitis which is now known as Crohn's disease (1884 1983)
  • crohn's disease   noun a serious chronic and progressive inflammation of the ileum producing frequent bouts of diarrhea with abdominal pain and nausea and fever and weight loss
  • cupping   noun a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
  • dandelion   noun any of several herbs of the genus Taraxacum having long tap roots and deeply notched leaves and bright yellow flowers followed by fluffy seed balls
  • dandruff   noun loose scales shed from the scalp;  a condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp
  • debility   noun the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
  • dementia   noun mental deterioration of organic or functional origin
  • dental plaque   noun a film of mucus and bacteria deposited on the teeth that encourages the development of dental caries
  • depression   noun pushing down;  sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy;  angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object);  a concavity in a surface produced by pressing;  a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity;  a long term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment;  a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment;  a sunken or depressed geological formation;  a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention;  an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation
  • dermatitis   noun inflammation of the skin; skin becomes itchy and may develop blisters
  • devil   noun a word used in exclamations of confusion;  one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief;  (Judeo Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell;  a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man);  a cruel wicked and inhuman person;  verbcoat or stuff with a spicy paste;  cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • devil's claw   noun annual of southern United States to Mexico having large whitish or yellowish flowers mottled with purple and a long curving beak
  • diabetes   noun any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst
  • diarrhea   noun frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor
  • disease   noun an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
  • ebola hemorrhagic fever   noun a severe and often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys and chimpanzees) caused by the Ebola virus; characterized by high fever and severe internal bleeding; can be spread from person to person; is largely limited to Africa
  • echinacea   noun small genus of North American coarse perennial herbs
  • eczema   noun generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin; particularly with vesiculation in the acute stages
  • ed   noun impotence resulting from a man's inability to have or maintain an erection of his penis
  • elephant   noun five toed pachyderm;  the symbol of the Republican Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
  • epilepsy   noun a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions
  • erectile dysfunction   noun impotence resulting from a man's inability to have or maintain an erection of his penis
  • eucalyptus   noun a tree of the genus Eucalyptus;  wood of any of various eucalyptus trees valued as timber
  • eucalyptus oil   noun an essential oil obtained from the leaves of eucalypts
  • european   adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Europe or the people of Europe;  noun a native or inhabitant of Europe
  • european elder   noun a common shrub with black fruit or a small tree of Europe and Asia; fruit used for wines and jellies
  • extract   noun a passage selected from a larger work;  a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water);  verbcalculate the root of a number;  remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense;  separate (a metal) from an ore;  get despite difficulties or obstacles;  extract by the process of distillation;  take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy;  obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action;  deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
  • fa   noun the syllable naming the fourth (subdominant) note of the diatonic scale in solmization
  • fatigue   noun (always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something;  temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work;  used of materials (especially metals) in a weakened state caused by long stress;  labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on);  verb exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress;  get tired of something or somebody
  • fda   noun a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services established to regulate the release of new foods and health related products
  • fennel   noun fennel seeds are ground and used as a spice or as an ingredient of a spice mixture;  leaves used for seasoning;  aromatic bulbous stem base eaten cooked or raw in salads;  any of several aromatic herbs having edible seeds and leaves and stems
  • fenugreek   noun aromatic seeds used as seasoning especially in curry;  annual herb or southern Europe and eastern Asia having off white flowers and aromatic seeds used medicinally and in curry
  • feverfew   noun bushy aromatic European perennial herb having clusters of buttonlike white rayed flower heads; valued traditionally for medicinal uses; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum
  • fish oil   noun a fatty oil obtained from the livers of various fish
  • flatulence   noun a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal; pompously embellished language
  • flax   noun plant of the genus Linum that is cultivated for its seeds and for the fibers of its stem;  fiber of the flax plant that is made into thread and woven into linen fabric
  • flu   noun an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
  • folate   noun a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction
  • folic acid   noun a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction
  • folium   noun a thin layer or stratum of (especially metamorphic) rock
  • food and drug administration   noun a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services established to regulate the release of new foods and health related products
  • fumitory   noun delicate European herb with greyish leaves and spikes of purplish flowers; formerly used medicinally
  • functional   adj. designed for or capable of a particular function or use;  involving or affecting function rather than physiology;  designed for or adapted to a function or use;  fit or ready for use or service; relating to or based on function especially as opposed to structure; (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
  • garcinia cambogia   noun low spreading tree of Indonesia yielding an orange to brown gum resin (gamboge) used as a pigment when powdered
  • garden   noun a plot of ground where plants are cultivated;  a yard or lawn adjoining a house;  the flowers or vegetables or fruits or herbs that are cultivated in a garden;  verb work in the garden
  • garlic   noun aromatic bulb used as seasoning;  bulbous herb of southern Europe widely naturalized; bulb breaks up into separate strong flavored cloves
  • germany   noun a republic in central Europe; split into East German and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
  • ginger   adj. (used especially of hair or fur) having a bright orange brown color;  noun pungent rhizome of the common ginger plant; used fresh as a seasoning especially in Oriental cookery;  dried ground gingerroot;  perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems;  liveliness and energy;  verb add ginger to in order to add flavor
  • ginkgo   noun deciduous dioecious Chinese tree having fan shaped leaves and fleshy yellow seeds; exists almost exclusively in cultivation especially as an ornamental street tree
  • ginkgo biloba   noun deciduous dioecious Chinese tree having fan shaped leaves and fleshy yellow seeds; exists almost exclusively in cultivation especially as an ornamental street tree
  • ginseng   noun Chinese herb with palmately compound leaves and small greenish flowers and forked aromatic roots believed to have medicinal powers;  aromatic root of ginseng plants
  • glaucoma   noun increased pressure in the eyeball due to obstruction of the outflow of aqueous humor; damages the optic disc and impairs vision (sometimes progressing to blindness)
  • glossitis   noun inflammation of the tongue
  • goat   noun any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns;  the tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Capricorn;  a victim of ridicule or pranks
  • goldenrod   noun any of numerous chiefly summer blooming and fall blooming North American plants especially of the genus Solidago
  • goldenseal   noun perennial herb of northeastern United States having a thick knotted yellow rootstock and large rounded leaves
  • gout   noun a painful inflammation of the big toe and foot caused by defects in uric acid metabolism resulting in deposits of the acid and its salts in the blood and joints
  • grape   noun any of various juicy fruit of the genus Vitis with green or purple skins; grow in clusters;  any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries
  • grapefruit   noun large yellow fruit with somewhat acid juicy pulp; usual serving consists of a half;  citrus tree bearing large round edible fruit having a thick yellow rind and juicy somewhat acid pulp
  • green tea   noun tea leaves that have been steamed and dried without fermenting
  • hatha yoga   noun yogic exercises (popular in the West) that combine difficult postures (which force the mind to withdraw from the outside world) with controlled breathing
  • hawthorn   noun a spring flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus
  • headache   noun pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs;  something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
  • heart failure   noun inability of the heart to pump enough blood to sustain normal bodily functions
  • heartburn   noun a painful burning sensation in the chest caused by gastroesophageal reflux (backflow from the stomach irritating the esophagus); symptomatic of an ulcer or a diaphragmatic hernia or other disorder
  • heartsease   noun the absence of mental stress or anxiety; common Old World viola with creamy often violet tinged flowers; violet of Pacific coast of North America having white petals tinged with yellow and deep violet;  a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived
  • heliotrope   noun green chalcedony with red spots that resemble blood
  • hellebore   noun any plant of the Eurasian genus Helleborus; perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes
  • hepatitis c   noun a viral hepatitis clinically indistinguishable from hepatitis B but caused by a single stranded RNA virus; usually transmitted by parenteral means (as injection of an illicit drug or blood transfusion or exposure to blood or blood products)
  • herb   noun aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities;  a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
  • herbal medicine   noun the use of medicinal herbs to prevent or treat disease or promote health;  a medicine made from plants and used to prevent or treat disease or promote health
  • herpes   noun any of the animal viruses that cause painful blisters on the skin;  viral diseases causing eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane
  • high   adj. happy and excited and energetic;  slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana);  (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee high');  greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount;  used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency;  (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted;  standing above others in quality or position;  adv. at a great altitude;  far up toward the source;  in or to a high position, amount, or degree;  in a rich manner;  noun a lofty level or position or degree;  a high place;  a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics;  a state of sustained elation;  an air mass of higher than normal pressure;  a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed;  a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12
  • high blood pressure   noun a common disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high (a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or greater)
  • hiv   noun infection by the human immunodeficiency virus;  the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); it replicates in and kills the helper T cells
  • homeopathy   noun a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated
  • honey   adj. of something having the color of honey;  noun a sweet yellow liquid produced by bees;  a beloved person; used as terms of endearment;  verb sweeten with honey
  • hops   noun twining perennials having cordate leaves and flowers arranged in conelike spikes; the dried flowers of this plant are used in brewing to add the characteristic bitter taste to beer
  • horehound   noun a candy that is flavored with an extract of the horehound plant;  any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Marrubium
  • horse chestnut   noun tree having palmate leaves and large clusters of white to red flowers followed by brown shiny inedible seeds;  the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut
  • horseradish   noun grated horseradish root;  coarse Eurasian plant cultivated for its thick white pungent root;  the root of the horseradish plant; it is grated or ground and used for seasoning
  • horsetail   noun perennial rushlike flowerless herbs with jointed hollow stems and narrow toothlike leaves that spread by creeping rhizomes; tend to become weedy; common in northern hemisphere; some in Africa and South America
  • hot   adj. marked by excited activity;  charged or energized with electricity;  having or dealing with dangerously high levels of radioactivity;  of a seeker; very near to the object sought;  having or showing great eagerness or enthusiasm;  newly made;  very good; often used in the negative;  used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning;  extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm;  recently stolen or smuggled; having or bringing unusually good luck;  newest or most recent;  very unpleasant or even dangerous;  very popular or successful;  sexually excited or exciting;  performed or performing with unusually great skill and daring and energy;  being very spicy;  characterized by violent and forceful activity or movement; very intense;  wanted by the police;  (color) bold and intense;  very fast; capable of quick response and great speed
  • human immunodeficiency virus   noun the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); it replicates in and kills the helper T cells
  • hypericum   noun large almost cosmopolitan genus of evergreen or deciduous shrubs and herbs with often showy yellow flowers; cosmopolitan except tropical lowlands and arctic or high altitudes and desert regions
  • hypertension   noun a common disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high (a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or greater)
  • iceland moss   noun lichen with branched flattened partly erect thallus that grows in mountainous and arctic regions; used as a medicine or food for humans and livestock; a source of glycerol
  • immunodeficiency   noun immunological disorder in which some part of the body's immune system is inadequate and resistance to infectious diseases is reduced
  • immunosuppression   noun lowering the body's normal immune response to invasion by foreign substances; can be deliberate (as in lowering the immune response to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ) or incidental (as a side effect of radiotherapy or chemotherapy for cancer)
  • impetigo   noun a very contagious infection of the skin; common in children; localized redness develops into small blisters that gradually crust and erode
  • in depth   adj. having a specified depth
  • infection   noun (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure;  moral corruption or contamination;  an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted;  (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease;  (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound;  the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms;  the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people
  • infertility   noun the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
  • inflammation   noun arousal to violent emotion;  a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat;  the act of setting something on fire;  the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
  • influenza   noun an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
  • insomnia   noun an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness
  • intermittent claudication   noun lameness due to pain in leg muscles because the blood supply is inadequate; pain subsides with rest
  • internet   noun a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
  • iodine   noun a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks);  a tincture consisting of a solution of iodine in ethyl alcohol; applied topically to wounds as an antiseptic
  • iron   adj. extremely robust;  noun home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth;  a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head;  implement used to brand live stock;  a heavy ductile magnetic metallic element; is silver white in pure form but readily rusts; used in construction and tools and armament; plays a role in the transport of oxygen by the blood;  verbpress and smooth with a heated iron
  • irritable   adj. abnormally sensitive to a stimulus;  easily irritated or annoyed;  capable of responding to stimuli
  • irritable bowel syndrome   noun recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhea (often alternating with periods of constipation); often associated with emotional stress
  • ivy   noun Old World vine with lobed evergreen leaves and black berrylike fruits
  • job   noun a damaging piece of work;  the performance of a piece of work;  the responsibility to do something;  a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee;  a workplace; as in the expression "on the job";  an object worked on; a result produced by working;  a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply;  (computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit;  any long suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing;  a Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him;  the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money;  a crime (especially a robbery);  a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved; verb work occasionally;  profit privately from public office and official business;  invest at a risk;  arranged for contracted work to be done by others
  • juniper   noun coniferous shrub or small tree with berrylike cones; desert shrub of Syria and Arabia having small white flowers; constitutes the juniper of the Old Testament; sometimes placed in genus Genista
  • kava   noun an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub
  • kidney   noun either of two bean shaped excretory organs that filter wastes (especially urea) from the blood and excrete them and water in urine
  • labor pain   noun pain and discomfort associated with contractions of the uterus during labor
  • laetrile   noun a substance derived from amygdalin; publicized as an antineoplastic drug although there is no supporting evidence
  • latin   adj. having or resembling the psychology or temper characteristic of people of Latin America;  of or relating to the ancient Latins or the Latin language;  of or relating to the ancient region of Latium;  relating to people or countries speaking Romance languages;  relating to languages derived from Latin;  noun any dialect of the language of ancient Rome;  a person who is a member of those peoples whose languages derived from Latin;  an inhabitant of ancient Latium
  • lavender   adj. of a pale purple color;  noun any of various Old World aromatic shrubs or subshrubs with usually mauve or blue flowers; widely cultivated
  • leaf   noun hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door); a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book);  the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants;  verb produce leaves, of plants;  turn over pages;  look through a book or other written material
  • lemon balm   noun lemony leaves used for a tisane or in soups or fruit punches;  bushy perennial Old World mint having small white or yellowish flowers and fragrant lemon flavored leaves; a garden escapee in northern Europe and North America
  • licorice   noun a black candy flavored with the dried root of the licorice plant;  deep rooted coarse textured plant native to the Mediterranean region having blue flowers and pinnately compound leaves; widely cultivated in Europe for its long thick sweet roots
  • lily of the valley   noun low growing perennial plant having usually two large oblong lanceolate leaves and a raceme of small fragrant nodding bell shaped flowers followed by scarlet berries
  • linden   noun any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia with heart shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant flowers; several yield valuable timber;  soft light colored wood of any of various linden trees; used in making crates and boxes and in carving and millwork
  • lobelia   noun any plant or flower of the genus Lobelia
  • lovage   noun stalks eaten like celery or candied like angelica; seeds used for flavoring or pickled like capers;  herb native to southern Europe; cultivated for its edible stalks and foliage and seeds
  • lutein   noun yellow carotenoid pigments in plants and animal fats and egg yolks
  • lycium   noun deciduous and evergreen shrubs often spiny; cosmopolitan in temperate and subtropical regions
  • lycopene   noun carotenoid that makes tomatoes red; may lower the risk of prostate cancer
  • lyme disease   noun an acute inflammatory disease characterized by a rash with joint swelling and fever; caused by bacteria carried by the bite of a deer tick
  • magnesium   noun a light silver white ductile bivalent metallic element; in pure form it burns with brilliant white flame; occurs naturally only in combination (as in magnesite and dolomite and carnallite and spinel and olivine)
  • malaria   noun an infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito; marked by paroxysms of chills and fever
  • mallow   noun any of various plants of the family Malvaceae
  • manganese   noun a hard brittle grey polyvalent metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic; used in making steel; occurs in many minerals
  • marigold   noun any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers
  • marshmallow   noun spongy confection made of gelatin and sugar and corn syrup and dusted with powdered sugar
  • massage   noun kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation;  verb give a massage to; manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes
  • meadow   noun a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay
  • meditation   noun continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature;  (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
  • melatonin   noun hormone secreted by the pineal gland
  • melilot   noun erect annual or biennial plant grown extensively especially for hay and soil improvement
  • men   noun the force of workers available
  • menopause   noun the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle ends
  • mental health   noun the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment
  • migraine   noun a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
  • milk   noun produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young;  a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings;  any of several nutritive milklike liquids;  a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River;  verb take milk from female mammals;  add milk to;  exploit as much as possible
  • milk thistle   noun tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white blotched leaves and purple flower heads; naturalized in California and South America;  any of several Old World coarse prickly leaved shrubs and subshrubs having milky juice and yellow flowers; widely naturalized; often noxious weeds in cultivated soil
  • mindfulness   noun the trait of staying aware of (paying close attention to) your responsibilities
  • mistletoe   noun shrub of central and southeastern Europe; partially parasitic on beeches, chestnuts and oaks;  Old World parasitic shrub having branching greenish stems with leathery leaves and waxy white glutinous berries; the traditional mistletoe of Christmas; American plants closely resembling Old World mistletoe
  • moss   noun tiny leafy stemmed flowerless plants
  • motherwort   noun bitter Old World herb of hedgerows and woodland margins having toothed leaves and white or pale pink flowers
  • mouth   noun the opening of a jar or bottle;  the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening;  the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge;  the point where a stream issues into a larger body of water;  an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge);  a person conceived as a consumer of food;  an impudent or insolent rejoinder;  a spokesperson (as a lawyer);  verbarticulate silently; form words with the lips only;  touch with the mouth;  express in speech
  • mucus   noun protective secretion of the mucous membranes; in the gut it lubricates the passage of food and protects the epithelial cells; in the nose and throat and lungs it can make it difficult for bacteria to penetrate the body through the epithelium
  • mullein   noun any of various plants of the genus Verbascum having large usually woolly leaves and terminal spikes of yellow or white or purplish flowers
  • multiple sclerosis   noun a chronic progressive nervous disorder involving loss of myelin sheath around certain nerve fibers
  • mustard   noun leaves eaten as cooked greens;  pungent powder or paste prepared from ground mustard seeds;  any of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica
  • myrrh   noun aromatic resin that is burned as incense and used in perfume
  • nasturtium   noun flowers and seeds and leaves all used as flavorings;  aquatic herbs;  any tropical American plant of the genus Tropaeolum having pungent juice and long spurred yellow to red flowers
  • naturopathy   noun a method of treating disease using food and exercise and heat to assist the natural healing process
  • necrotizing enterocolitis   noun an acute inflammatory disease occurring in the intestines of premature infants; necrosis of intestinal tissue may follow
  • nettle   noun any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae);  verb sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation;  cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • niacin   noun a B vitamin essential for the normal function of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract
  • night vision   noun the ability to see in reduced illumination (as in moonlight)
  • nightshade   noun any of numerous shrubs or herbs or vines of the genus Solanum; most are poisonous though many bear edible fruit
  • no   adj. quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of;  adv. used to express refusal or denial or disagreement etc or especially to emphasize a negative statement;  not in any degree or manner; not at all;  referring to the degree to which a certain quality is present;  noun a negative;  a radioactive transuranic element synthesized by bombarding curium with carbon ions; 7 isotopes are known
  • nose   noun a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft);  the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon;  the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals;  a natural skill; the sense of smell (especially in animals);  a symbol of inquisitiveness;  a small distance;  a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged;  verb defeat by a narrow margin;  push or move with the nose;  advance the forward part of with caution;  rub noses; catch the scent of; get wind of;  search or inquire in a meddlesome way
  • oak   noun a deciduous tree of the genus Quercus; has acorns and lobed leaves;  the hard durable wood of any oak; used especially for furniture and flooring
  • obesity   noun more than average fatness
  • oil   noun oil paint containing pigment that is used by an artist;  a slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water;  any of a group of liquid edible fats that are obtained from plants;  verb cover with oil, as if by rubbing;  administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
  • orange   adj. of the color between red and yellow; similar to the color of a ripe orange;  noun orange color or pigment; any of a range of colors between red and yellow;  round yellow to orange fruit of any of several citrus trees;  a river in South Africa that flows generally westward to the Atlantic Ocean;  any citrus tree bearing oranges;  any pigment producing the orange color
  • oregon grape   noun ornamental evergreen shrub of Pacific coast of North America having dark green pinnate leaves and racemes of yellow flowers followed by blue black berries;  small shrub with grey green leaves and yellow flowers followed by glaucous blue berries
  • osteoarthritis   noun chronic breakdown of cartilage in the joints; the most common form of arthritis occurring usually after middle age
  • osteoporosis   noun abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women
  • ovarian cyst   noun a cystic tumor (usually benign) of the ovary
  • oxlip   noun Eurasian primrose with yellow flowers clustered in a one sided umbel
  • pain   noun a somatic sensation of acute discomfort;  emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid;  a bothersome annoying person;  a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder;  something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness;  verb cause emotional anguish or make miserable; cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
  • palmitic acid   noun a saturated fatty acid that is the major fat in meat and dairy products
  • pansy   noun large flowered garden plant derived chiefly from the wild pansy of Europe and having velvety petals of various colors; offensive terms for an openly homosexual man;  a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive
  • pantothenic acid   noun a vitamin of the vitamin B complex that performs an important role in the oxidation of fats and carbohydrates and certain amino acids; occurs in many foods
  • paprika   noun a mild powdered seasoning made from dried pimientos;  plant bearing large mild thick walled usually bell shaped fruits; the principal salad peppers
  • parkinson's disease   noun a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system characterized by tremor and impaired muscular coordination
  • parsley   noun aromatic herb with flat or crinkly leaves that are cut finely and used to garnish food;  annual or perennial herb with aromatic leaves
  • passionflower   noun any of various chiefly tropical American vines some bearing edible fruit
  • pediatrics   noun the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of infants and children
  • pennyroyal   noun erect hairy branching American herb having purple blue flowers; yields an essential oil used as an insect repellent and sometimes in folk medicine;  Eurasian perennial mint have small lilac blue flowers and ovate leaves; yields an aromatic oil
  • pepper   noun sweet and hot varieties of fruits of plants of the genus Capsicum;  pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground;  climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam;  any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum bearing peppers;  verb attack and bombard with or as if with missiles;  add pepper to
  • peppermint   noun a candy flavored with peppermint oil;  herb with downy leaves and small purple or white flowers that yields a pungent oil used as a flavoring;  red gum tree of Tasmania
  • perspiration   noun salty fluid secreted by sweat glands;  the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid
  • pine   noun a coniferous tree;  straight grained durable and often resinous white to yellowish timber of any of numerous trees of the genus Pinus;  verb have a desire for something or someone who is not present
  • placebo effect   noun any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do; pharmacologists were the first to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs
  • pomegranate   noun large globular fruit having many seeds with juicy red pulp in a tough brownish red rind;  shrub or small tree native to southwestern Asia having large red many seeded fruit
  • poppy   noun annual or biennial or perennial herbs having showy flowers
  • primula   noun any of numerous short stemmed plants of the genus Primula having tufted basal leaves and showy flowers clustered in umbels or heads
  • proctitis   noun inflammation of the rectum; marked by bloody stools and a frequent urge to defecate; frequently associated with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • propagation   noun the spreading of something (a belief or practice) into new regions;  the movement of a wave through a medium;  the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
  • prostate   adj. relating to the prostate gland;  noun a firm partly muscular chestnut sized gland in males at the neck of the urethra; produces a viscid secretion that is the fluid part of semen
  • psoriasis   noun a chronic skin disease characterized by dry red patches covered with scales; occurs especially on the scalp and ears and genitalia and the skin over bony prominences
  • psyllium   noun plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxative
  • ptsd   noun an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness and lack of involvement with reality, or recurrent thoughts and images
  • pumpkin   noun usually large pulpy deep yellow round fruit of the squash family maturing in late summer or early autumn;  a coarse vine widely cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes
  • purple   adj. of a color intermediate between red and blue; belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler;  excessively elaborate or showily expressed;  noun a purple color or pigment;  of imperial status;  verb color purple;  become purple
  • q   noun the 17th letter of the Roman alphabet
  • radiation   noun the act of spreading outward from a central source; a radial arrangement of nerve fibers connecting different parts of the brain;  the spread of a group of organisms into new habitats;  energy that is radiated or transmitted in the form of rays or waves or particles;  the spontaneous emission of a stream of particles or electromagnetic rays in nuclear decay;  (medicine) the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance; syndrome resulting from exposure to ionizing radiation (e.g., exposure to radioactive chemicals or to nuclear explosions); low doses cause diarrhea and nausea and vomiting and sometimes loss of hair; greater exposure can cause sterility and cataracts and some forms of cancer and other diseases; severe exposure can cause death within hours
  • radix   noun (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place
  • rauwolfia   noun any shrub or small tree of the genus Rauwolfia having leaves in whorls and cymose flowers; yield substances used medicinally especially as emetics or purgatives or antihypertensives; any of several alkaloids extracted from the shrub Rauwolfia serpentina
  • red   adj. red with or characterized by blood;  of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies;  characterized by violence or bloodshed;  (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion;  noun red color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood;  a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows eastward from Texas along the southern boundary of Oklahoma and through Louisiana;  emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries;  the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue
  • red clover   noun erect to decumbent short lived perennial having red purple to pink flowers; the most commonly grown forage clover
  • renal   adj. of or relating to the kidneys
  • retinol   noun an unsaturated alcohol that occurs in marine fish liver oils and is synthesized biologically from carotene
  • rheumatoid arthritis   noun a chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint
  • rhinitis   noun an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the nose (usually associated with nasal discharge)
  • riboflavin   noun a B vitamin that prevents skin lesions and weight loss
  • ringer   noun (horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg;  a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses;  a person who is almost identical to another;  a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation)
  • ringworm   noun infections of the skin or nails caused by fungi and appearing as itching circular patches
  • rosacea   noun a skin disease of adults (more often women) in which blood vessels of the face enlarge resulting in a flushed appearance
  • rosemary   noun extremely pungent leaves used fresh or dried as seasoning for especially meats;  widely cultivated for its fragrant grey green leaves used in cooking and in perfumery
  • same   adj. unchanged in character or nature;  closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree;  same in identity; equal in amount or value;  noun the language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula;  a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer
  • saw palmetto   noun small hardy clump forming spiny palm of southern United States
  • seizure   noun the taking possession of something by legal process; a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease;  the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property;  the act of taking of a person by force
  • selenium   noun a toxic nonmetallic element related to sulfur and tellurium; occurs in several allotropic forms; a stable grey metallike allotrope conducts electricity better in the light than in the dark and is used in photocells; occurs in sulfide ores (as pyrite)
  • semen   noun the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
  • senna   noun any of various plants of the genus Senna having pinnately compound leaves and showy usually yellow flowers; many are used medicinally
  • shepherd's purse   noun white flowered annual European herb bearing triangular notched pods; nearly cosmopolitan as an introduced weed
  • shingles   noun eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia
  • silver   adj. having the white lustrous sheen of silver;  made from or largely consisting of silver;  expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively;  of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver;  noun coins made of silver;  a soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography;  silverware eating utensils;  a trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition;  a light shade of grey;  verb turn silver;  make silver in color;  coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam
  • silverweed   noun low growing perennial having leaves silvery beneath; northern United States; Europe; Asia;  any of various twining shrubs of the genus Argyreia having silvery leaves and showy purple flowers
  • smoker   noun a passenger car for passengers who wish to smoke; a person who smokes tobacco;  a party for men only (or one considered suitable for men only)
  • squill   noun bulb of the sea squill, which is sliced, dried, and used as an expectorant;  an Old World plant of the genus Scilla having narrow basal leaves and pink or blue or white racemose flowers; having dense spikes of small white flowers and yielding a bulb with medicinal properties
  • statistics   noun a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
  • stinging   adj. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character; causing or experiencing a painful shivering feeling as from many tiny pricks;  noun a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung
  • stomach   noun an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion;  an appetite for food;  an inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness;  the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis;  verb bear to eat;  put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  • stomatitis   noun inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth
  • stress   noun the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch);  (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body;  difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension;  special emphasis attached to something; (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense;  verbput stress on; utter with an accent;  to stress, single out as important; test the limits of
  • stroke   noun a light touch with the hands;  a single complete movement;  (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand;  any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing;  a mark made by a writing implement (as in cursive writing);  a light touch;  the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew;  a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain;  a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information;  the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam;  verb treat gingerly or carefully;  strike a ball with a smooth blow;  row at a particular rate;  touch lightly and with affection, with brushing motions
  • succus   noun any of several liquids of the body
  • sundew   noun any of various bog plants of the genus Drosera having leaves covered with sticky hairs that trap and digest insects; cosmopolitan in distribution
  • swedish massage   noun massage combined with a system of active and passive exercises for the muscles and joints
  • tai chi   noun a Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health
  • tanner   noun a craftsman who tans skins and hides;  a small coin of the United Kingdom worth six pennies; not minted since 1970
  • tea   noun a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes;  dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea;  a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water;  a reception or party at which tea is served;  a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves
  • teething   noun the eruption through the gums of baby teeth
  • terminology   noun a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
  • thiamin   noun a B vitamin that prevents beriberi; maintains appetite and growth
  • thistle   noun any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly edged leaves
  • throat   noun a passage resembling a throat in shape or function;  an opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep;  the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone
  • thyme   noun leaves can be used as seasoning for almost any meat and stews and stuffings and vegetables;  any of various mints of the genus Thymus
  • tinnitus   noun a ringing or booming sensation in one or both ears; a symptom of an ear infection or Meniere's disease
  • trauma   noun an emotional wound or shock often having long lasting effects;  any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  • travel   noun the act of going from one place to another;  self propelled movement;  a movement through space that changes the location of something;  verb change location; move, travel, or proceed;  undergo transportation as in a vehicle;  make a trip for pleasure;  undertake a journey or trip;  travel upon or across;  travel from place to place, as for the purpose of finding work, preaching, or acting as a judge
  • tree   noun English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853 1917);  a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms;  a figure that branches from a single root;  verb stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree; chase an animal up a tree;  plant with trees;  force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
  • turmeric   noun ground dried rhizome of the turmeric plant used as seasoning;  widely cultivated tropical plant of India having yellow flowers and a large aromatic deep yellow rhizome; source of a condiment and a yellow dye
  • ulcerative colitis   noun a serious chronic inflammatory disease of the large intestine and rectum characterized by recurrent episodes of abdominal pain and fever and chills and profuse diarrhea
  • united states   noun North American republic containing 50 states 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776;  the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States
  • valerian   noun a plant of the genus Valeriana having lobed or dissected leaves and cymose white or ink flowers
  • vascular   adj. of or relating to or having vessels that conduct and circulate fluids
  • vitamin a   noun any of several fat soluble vitamins essential for normal vision; prevents night blindness or inflammation or dryness of the eyes
  • vitamin c   noun a vitamin found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables; prevents scurvy
  • vitamin d   noun a fat soluble vitamin that prevents rickets
  • vitamin e   noun a fat soluble vitamin that is essential for normal reproduction; an important antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body
  • vitamin k   noun a fat soluble vitamin that helps in the clotting of blood
  • wild   adj. deviating widely from an intended course;  in a state of extreme emotion;  in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated;  marked by extreme lack of restraint or control;  (of the elements) as if showing violent anger;  without civilizing influences; intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with;  located in a dismal or remote area; desolate;  (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud;  extravagantly fanciful and unrealistic; foolish;  involving risk or danger;  talking or behaving irrationally;  without a basis in reason or fact;  adv. in a wild or undomesticated manner;  in an uncontrolled and rampant manner;  noun a wild primitive state untouched by civilization;  a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition
  • wild yam   noun having a rhizome formerly dried and used to treat rheumatism or liver disorders
  • witch hazel   noun lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant;  any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Hamamelis; bark yields an astringent lotion
  • wormwood   noun any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium
  • wort   noun unfermented or fermenting malt;  usually used in combination: `liverwort'; `milkwort'; `whorlywort'
  • wrap   noun cloak that is folded or wrapped around a person;  a sandwich in which the filling is rolled up in a soft tortilla;  the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped;  verbarrange or fold as a cover or protection;  wrap or coil around;  enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
  • yarrow   noun ubiquitous strong scented mat forming Eurasian herb of wasteland, hedgerow or pasture having narrow serrate leaves and small usually white florets; widely naturalized in North America
  • yoga   noun a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind;  Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility that is achieved through the three paths of actions and knowledge and devotion
  • zeaxanthin   noun yellow carotenoid (isomeric with lutein and occurs widely with it) that is the main pigment in yellow Indian corn
  • zinc   noun a bluish white lustrous metallic element; brittle at ordinary temperatures but malleable when heated; used in a wide variety of alloys and in galvanizing iron; it occurs as zinc sulphide in zinc blende;  verb coat or cover with zinc
  • zingiber officinale   noun tropical Asian plant widely cultivated for its pungent root; source of gingerroot and powdered ginger

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