Astragalus definition

ə-străgə-ləs
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The dried root of the East Asian herb Astragalus membranaceus of the pea family, used in herbal medicine.
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(anat., former) The talus, or anklebone, in humans.
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An herb used in Chinese medicine to strengthen the immune system, derived from the dried roots of a milk vetch (Astragalus membranaceus)
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The dried root of the East Asian herb Astragalus membranaceus of the pea family, used in herbal medicine.
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(anatomy) The talus.
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(botany) An herb of genus Astragalus.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Fabaceae — the milk-vetches.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
astragalus
Plural:
astragali

Origin of astragalus

  • New Latin from Greek astragalos vertebra ost- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀστράγαλος (astragalos).

    From Wiktionary