Origin of guaiacum
1525–35; < New Latin < Spanish guayaco, guayacán < Taino
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This reaction (with tincture of guaiacum and copper) has been long known.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
This preparation is frequently substituted for guaiacum shavings in the preparation of compound decoction of sarsaparilla.
A substance having the nature of an acid, discovered by Trommsdorff in the wood and bark of Guaiacum officinale.
The resin prepared by means of fire from the wood of Guaiacum officinale, by natural exudation, by incision, or by heat.
Guaiacum resin is given medicinally in doses of 5-15 grains.
- any tropical American evergreen tree of the zygophyllaceous genus Guaiacum, such as the lignum vitae
- the hard heavy wood of any of these trees
- Also called: guaiac (ˈɡwaɪæk) a brownish resin obtained from the lignum vitae, used medicinally and in making varnishes
C16: New Latin, from Spanish guayaco, of Taino origin
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