Definition of bezoar in English:

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bezoar

Pronunciation: /ˈbēzôr/

noun

A small stony concretion that may form in the stomachs of certain animals, especially ruminants, and which was once used as an antidote for various ailments.
Example sentences
  • They induced him to swallow therapeutic potions of oriental bezoar stone from the stomach of a goat and boiled spirits from a human skull.
  • An obstruction series or plain abdominal radiographs may be necessary to distinguish obstruction from parasites or bezoars.
  • Endoscopy revealed a large gastric bezoar and a 2 x 3 em lower esophageal ulcer that was thought to be the source of bleeding.

Origin

Late 15th century (in the general sense 'stone or concretion'): from French bezoard, based on Arabic bāzahr, bādizahr, from Persian pādzahr 'antidote'.

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Syllabification: be·zoar

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