[ sing-koh-nuh, sin- ]
/ sɪŋˈkoʊ nə, sɪn- /


any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Cinchona, of the madder family, especially C. calisaya, native to the Andes, cultivated there and in Java and India for its bark, which yields quinine and other alkaloids.
Also called Jesuit's bark, Peruvian bark. the medicinal bark of such trees or shrubs.

Origin of cinchona

< New Latin, the Linnaean genus name, after Francisca Enriques de Ribera, Countess of Chinchón (died 1641), who was associated with the introduction of quinine into Europe, in several accounts now considered spurious


cin·chon·ic [sin-kon-ik] /sɪnˈkɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cinchona

/ (sɪŋˈkəʊnə) /


any tree or shrub of the South American rubiaceous genus Cinchona, esp C. calisaya, having medicinal bark
Also called: cinchona bark, Peruvian bark, calisaya, china bark the dried bark of any of these trees, which yields quinine and other medicinal alkaloids
any of the drugs derived from cinchona bark

Derived forms of cinchona

cinchonic (sɪŋˈkɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for cinchona

C18: New Latin, named after the Countess of Chinchón (1576–1639), vicereine of Peru
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Medicine definitions for cinchona

[ sĭng-kōnə, sĭn-chō- ]


Any of several trees and shrubs of the genus Cinchona, native chiefly to the Andes and cultivated for bark that yields the medicinal alkaloids quinine and quinidine.
The dried bark of any of these plants.
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