Share this entry

Share this page

jalap

Saltos de línea: jalap
Pronunciación: /ˈdʒaləp
 
, ˈdʒɒləp
 
/

Definición de jalap en inglés:

sustantivo

[mass noun]
A purgative drug obtained chiefly from the tuberous roots of a Mexican climbing plant.
  • This drug is obtained from Ipomoea purga, family Convolvulaceae
Example sentences
  • Rush's strategy with serious fevers was to purge with powerful doses of calomel and jalap, followed by bleeding until the patient fainted.
  • A paste of the roots mixed with milk works as a laxative but with violent cathartic effect compared to the purgative jalap Ipomoea purga from which the true and milder jalap is extracted.
  • Accordingly, the expedition's medical kit contains substances to induce vomiting (ipecac, white vitriol, tartar emetic) and to loosen the bowels (jalap, rhubarb, cream of tartar, Glauber's salts, calomel, magnesia, assafoetida).

Origen

mid 17th century: from French, from Spanish (purga de) Jalapa (see Jalapa).

Definición de jalap en:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

¿Qué te llama la atención de esta palabra o frase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Obtenga más de Oxford Dictionaries

Suscribirse para eliminar anuncios y acceder a los recursos premium

Palabra del día emulous
Pronunciación: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something