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birthroot

Herbal medicine
A perennial plant, the roots of which contain saponins (e.g., diosgenin) and volatile oils; it is antiseptic and astringent, and has been used for bites and dermal irritation, gastrointestinal complaints (e.g., haemorrhage and diarrhoea) and to stop postpartum haemorrhage.

tril·li·um

(tril'ē-ŭm)
(T. erectum) A member of the lily family; purported value as antiseptic and astringent; used historically in wound care.
Synonym(s): beth root, coughroot, jew's harp plant, stinking benjamin.
[L., fr. tri-, three, threefold]