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(sar'sā-pă-ril'ă), Avoid the misspelling sarsparilla.
The dried root of Smilax aristolochiaefolia (Mexican sarsaparilla), S. regelii (Honduras sarsaparilla), S. febrifuga (Ecuadorian sarsaparilla), or of undetermined species of Smilax (family Liliaceae), a thorny vine widely distributed throughout the tropic and semitropic world; it has been used in treatments of psoriasis, gout, rheumatism, and syphilis, and popularly as a "blood purifier" and in a soft drink.
[Sp. zarza, a bramble]

sarsaparilla

(sas″(ă-)pă-ril′ă)
A vine (Smilax officinalis) that produces a berry used to make root beer. Extracts from the plant contain antioxidants used for many traditional remedies, including treatment of skin diseases such as psoriasis, and sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and herpes simplex.
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