- the dried rhizome and root of yellow jasmine, formerly used as a sedative in the form of a powder, tincture, or fluid extract.
Origin of gelsemium
1870–75; < New Latin < Italian gelsom(ino) jasmine + Latin -ium -ium
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Examples from the Web for gelsemium
Gelsemium is a very powerful agent for depressing the pulse and the functional activity of the spinal cord.
Gelsemium is sometimes a very satisfactory remedy—especially in the febrile attacks to which children are liable.
Feverish and irritable conditions yield frequently to aperients, or to gelsemium and quinine.
The British Pharmacopoeia contains a tincture of gelsemium, the dose of which is from five to fifteen minims.
- any climbing shrub of the loganiaceous genus Gelsemium, of SE Asia and North America, esp the yellow jasmine, having fragrant yellow flowers
- the powdered root of the yellow jasmine, formerly used as a sedative
C19: New Latin, from Italian gelsomino jasmine