a resin, occurring as a light brown to greenish amorphous powder, obtained from podophyllum, and used in medicine chiefly as a cathartic and, locally, in the treatment of genital warts.

Origin of podophyllin

First recorded in 1850–55; podophyll(um) + -in2
Also called podophyllin resin.
Related formspod·o·phyl·lic, adjective
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podophylin resin


a bitter yellow resin obtained from the dried underground stems of the May apple and mandrake: used to treat warts and formerly as a cathartic

Word Origin for podophyllin

C19: from New Latin Podophyllum genus of herbs including the May apple, from podo-, from Greek pous foot + phullon leaf
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podophyllin in Medicine




A bitter-tasting resin obtained from the dried root of the May apple and used in medicine as a cathartic and caustic.
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