Definition of qinghaosu in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌCHiNGhouˈso͞o/

Entry from US English dictionary


A terpene-based anti-malarial substance used in Chinese medicine.
  • The drug is obtained from Artemisia annua, family Compositae
Example sentences
  • The antimalarial properties of the traditional Chinese medicine qinghaosu (artemisinin) were discovered by Chinese scientists in 1971.
  • This article reviews the discovery and the further studies on qinghaosu and its derivatives.


1970s: from Chinese qīnghāosù, from qīnghāo, denoting a medicinal plant of the genus Artemisia.

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