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ham·a·me·lis

(ham'ă-mē'lis),
A shrub or small tree, Hamamelis virginiana (family Harmarmelidaceae), the bark and dried leaves of which have been used externally as an application to contusions and other injuries, in headache, and for the cure of noninflammatory hemorrhoids; the water, popularly known as "extract of witch hazel," is made from the bark and contains 14% alcohol.
Synonym(s): witch hazel
[Mod. L., fr. G. hama- mēlis, fr. hama, together with, + mēlon, apple]

witch hazel

/witch ha·zel/ (wich´ ha´z'l) the deciduous bush Hamamelis virginiana, or any of various preparations of its twigs, leaves, or bark, which are used topically for their astringent effects and also have various uses in folk medicine and in homeopathy.

witch hazel

n.
1. Any of several deciduous shrubs or small trees of the genus Hamamelis, especially H. virginiana of eastern North America, which has delicate yellow flowers that bloom in late autumn or winter.
2. An alcoholic solution containing an extract of the bark and leaves of this plant, applied externally as a mild astringent.

witch hazel

Etymology: AS, wican, to bend; Ger, hasel
1 a shrub, Hamamelis virginiana, indigenous to North America, from which an astringent extract is derived.
2 also called hamamelis water. A solution comprising the extract, alcohol, and water, used as an astringent.
Drug slang A regional street term for heroin
Herbal medicine Hamamelis virginiana, snapping hazel, snapping hazelnut, spotted alder, winterbloom A shrub that contains choline, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, and fixed and volatile oils; it is astringent, and has been used topically for cuts and bruises, sore throat, dysmenorrhea, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins. See Herbal medicine
Homeopathy See Hamamelis

hamamelis water

; witch hazel cooling lotion extracted from witch hazel bark

witch hazel,

n Latin name:
Hamamelis virginiana; parts used: bark, leaves; uses: antioxidant, anti-viral, prevention of skin aging, astringent, venous insufficiency, hemmorhoids, antiitch, antiinflammatory, gargle, oral health; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; harmful if ingested. Also called
snapping hazel, spotted alder, tobacco wood, or
winterbloom.

witch hazel,

n a shrub,
Hamamelis virginiana, indigenous to North America, from which an astringent extract is derived.

witch hazel

an extract from the leaves of Hamamelis virginiana, containing gallic acid and tannins, used topically as an astringent. Called also hamemelis.
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