- 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
Also called podophyllin resin.
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Examples from the Web for podophyllin
Where the disease comes on soon after child-birth, Podophyllin is the Specific.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art
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Those to be preferred are aloes, colocynth,50 and podophyllin.
There is no knowing what a course of podophyllin and ginger might not do.
Good results are obtained from a combination of podophyllin with extracts of physostigma, nux vomica, and belladonna.
Sometimes the resin or extract of podophyllin is added to the compound jalap powder to increase its activity.
- 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
C19: from New Latin Podophyllum genus of herbs including the May apple, from podo-, from Greek pous foot + phullon leaf
- A bitter-tasting resin obtained from the dried root of the May apple and used in medicine as a cathartic and caustic.