Ephedra meaning

ĭ-fĕdrə, ĕfĭ-drə
Any of various usually shrubby gymnosperms of the genus Ephedra, having jointed green stems and small scalelike leaves, some species of which are used as a source of ephedrine.
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A drug containing ephedrine derived from one of these plants, used in traditional Chinese medicine as a stimulant and decongestant and sold in the United States primarily as a dietary supplement for weight loss before it was banned because of toxic side effects in 2004.
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Any of a large genus (Ephedra) of low, leafless, green gymnospermous shrubs (family Ephedraceae): the dried rhizomes and roots are used as a natural source of ephedrine.
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Any stimulant herb derived from this shrub and used in medicine.
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Any of various usually shrubby gymnosperms of the genus Ephedra, having jointed green stems and small scalelike leaves, some species of which are used as a source of ephedrine.
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A drug containing ephedrine derived from one of these plants, used in traditional Chinese medicine as a stimulant and decongestant and sold in the United States primarily as a dietary supplement for weight loss before it was banned because of toxic side effects in 2004.
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Any plant of the genus Ephedra of gymnosperm shrubs.
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A stimulant derived from the plant Ephedra sinica used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine and in over-the-counter weight-loss aids.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Ephedraceae "” many Asiatic shrubs, some of which have medicinal uses.
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Origin of ephedra

  • Latin ephedra horsetail from Greek ephedrā from feminine of ephedros sitting upon ep-, epi- epi- hedrā seat sed- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Ancient Greek ἐφέδρα (ephedra, “sitting upon"), from ἐπί (epi, “upon") + ἕδρα (hedra, “seat").

    From Wiktionary