Definition of Chinese rhubarb in English:

Chinese rhubarb

Syllabification: Chi·nese rhu·barb


  • A tall perennial plant with palmate leaves, whitish flowers, and winged fruits. The dried rhizomes and roots are used medicinally.
    • Rheum longifolia, family Polygonaceae
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    • The inhibitory substance in Chinese rhubarb was soluble in polar solvents and less soluble in nonpolar solvents.
    • Weakened decoctions of Chinese rhubarb are used for diarrhea, while stronger ones are effective for constipation or cramps with delayed menstruation.
    • Although its rhizomes served folk medicine as a mild laxative, they do not have the medicinal properties that give Chinese rhubarb its powers.

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