Definitions for: Cinchona


[n] any of several trees of the genus Cinchona



Webster (1913) Definition: Cin*cho"na, n. [So named from the wife of Count
Chinchon, viceroy of Peru in the seventeenth century, who by
its use was freed from an intermittent fever, and after her
return to Spain, contributed to the general propagation of
this remedy.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of trees growing naturally on the Andes in
Peru and adjacent countries, but now cultivated in the
East Indies, producing a medicinal bark of great value.

2. (Med.) The bark of any species of Cinchona containing
three per cent. or more of bitter febrifuge alkaloids;
Peruvian bark; Jesuits' bark.

Synonyms: chinchona

See Also: calisaya, Cartagena bark, cinchona bark, Cinchona calisaya, Cinchona cordifolia, Cinchona lancifolia, Cinchona ledgeriana, Cinchona officinalis, Cinchona pubescens, cinchona tree, genus Chinchona, genus Cinchona, Jesuit's bark, Peruvian bark, tree

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