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echinacea

[ ek-uh-ney-shuh, -see-uh ]
/ ˌɛk əˈneɪ ʃə, -si ə /
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noun

any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea whose leaves, roots, and other parts are used in herbal medicine to promote wound healing and enhance the immune system.

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Origin of echinacea

First recorded in 1825–30; from New Latin Echīnācea, genus name, from Latin echīnus “sea urchin,” from Greek echînos “hedgehog, sea urchin, a kind of plant” + -acea
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British Dictionary definitions for echinacea

echinacea
/ (ˌɛkɪˈneɪʃɪə) /

noun

Also called: purple coneflower either of the two N American plants of the genus Echinacea, having flower heads with purple rays and black centres: family Compositae (composites)See coneflower
the powdered root of either of these plants, used to stimulate the immune system
from New Latin, from Latin echīnātus prickly, from echīnus hedgehog
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Medical definitions for echinacea

echinacea
[ ĕkə-nāsē-ə, -nāshə ]

n.

Any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea, whose roots, seeds, and other parts are used in herbal medicine in the belief that they stimulate the immune system.
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