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ethnopharmacology

[ eth-noh-fahr-muh-kol-uh-jee ]

noun

  1. the scientific study of substances used medicinally, especially folk remedies, by different ethnic or cultural groups.


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  • eth·no·phar·ma·co·log·i·cal [eth-noh-fahr-m, uh, -k, uh, -, loj, -i-k, uh, l], ethno·pharma·co·logic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ethnopharmacology1

First recorded in 1975–80; ethno- + pharmacology

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Example Sentences

In a study published in 2018 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, researchers found that the plant, known as Cleoserrata serrata, mostly found in southern Mexico, significantly inhibits parasite growth.

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