asafoetida

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as·a·foetida

(as'ă-fet'i-dă)
A gum resin, the inspissated exudate from the root of Ferula foetida (family Umbelliferae); malodorous material used as a repellant against dogs, cats, and rabbits, and formerly used as an antispasmodic; in Asia, used as a condiment and flavoring agent.
Synonym(s): devil's dung.
[Pers. aza, mastic, + L. foetidus, fetid]

asafetida

, asafoetida (as-ă-fet′ĭd-ă) [L. asafoetida fr. Persian āzā, gum, mastic + L. f(o)etida, fetid, smelly]
A gum resin, obtained from the roots of Ferula asafoetida, with a characteristic strong odor and garlic taste. Although this substance is no longer used in medicine, it has historical interest. Until the early 20th century, it was used as a carminative and as an amulet to ward off disease. It is used in Asia as a condiment and food flavoring and as an animal repellent in veterinary medicine.