bitter melon

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bitter melon

n.
1. A tropical annual vine (Momordica charantia) native to Asia, having yellow flowers and orange, warty fruits that open at maturity to expose red-coated seeds. Various parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine or for food.
2. The immature green fruit of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. In both senses also called bitter gourd.
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bitter melon

The fruit of a Chinese vine related to cucumbers, administered in tea, capsules or retention enemas, which allegedly “purifies” blood, prevents viral infections and has antiretroviral activity. It has been used for managing diabetes, gastrointestinal complaints and cancer.
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bit·ter mel·on

(bit'ĕr mel'ŏn)
Momordica charantia, tropical fruit that is typically consumed as a juice, although sometimes eaten. Limited studies suggest use in Type 2 diabetes; also purportedly of value as an antiinfective.
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(Caricaceae), Catharanthus roseus, Cucurbita sp., Ipomoea batatas, Ipomoea tiliacea (Willd.) Choisy (Convolvulaceae), Malachra alceifolia, Momordica charantia, Musa sp., Pentalinon luteum (L.) Hansen & Wunderlin (Apocynaceae), Ruellia nudiflora Urb.
Chinese melon (Momordica charantia L.) yield as influenced by four trellis systems and five different mulching treatments was evaluated.
(2011) tambem comprovaram a eficiencia dos extratos aquosos de Momordica charantia que inibiram 100% da germinacao e 71% (meio solido) e 86% (meio liquido) do crescimento micelial de Colletotrichum musae.
The plant was identified by the Principal Botanist of the National Herbarium of Benin of the University of Abomey-Calavi, where the voucher specimens were deposited under the following number: Momordica charantia L.
Momordica charantia is a plant commonly used in Mediterranean traditional medicine for its antidiabetic properties and antihyperglycemic, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, and cytotoxic activities [1-4].
Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) is one of the commonly consumed vegetables among Malaysians.
Park et al., "Preventive effects of bitter melon (Momordica charantia) against insulin resistance and diabetes are associated with the inhibition of NF-kappaB and JNK pathways in high-fat-fed OLETF rats," The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, vol.
Dubey, Purification, Characterization and Immobilization of Urease from Momordica charantia seeds, Process Biochem., 46, 1486 (2011).
Momordica charantia polysaccharide (MCP), obtained from Momordica charantia, can also be an antioxidant agent.
Limited access to modern drugs has driven the rural Nigerian to rely on medicinal plants including the uses of Terminalia catappa, Acalypha wilkesiana and Momordica charantia.