Cantharis

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can·tha·ris

, gen.

can·thar·i·dis

, pl.

can·thar·i·des

(kan'thar-is, kan-thar'i-dis, -dēz),
A dried beetle, Lytta (Cantharis) vesicatoria, used as a counterirritant and vesicant.
Synonym(s): Russian fly, Spanish fly
[L., fr. G. kantharis, a beetle]

Cantharis

Homeopathy
A homeopathic remedy for acute cystitis, baldness, colic, tonsillitis, hypersexuality and emotional lability.
 
Toxicity
• Topical—Cantharis causes erythema, urticaria and vesiculation.
• Oral—GI irritation, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, cramping and collapse; as little as 60 mg of this highly nephrotoxic agent may be fatal; active component is cantharidin, a rubifacient.

Cantharis

(kan'tha-ris)
A genus of beetles, C. vesicatoria, known as Spanish fly.
See: cantharides
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