cranberry

(redirected from Vaccinium oxycoccus)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Vaccinium oxycoccus: small cranberry, wild cranberry

cranberry

(krăn′bĕr-ē)
A tart red fruit, Vaccinium macrocarpon, commonly used in the treatment and prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Evidence supporting cranberry as treatment of UTIs is limited. Whether drinking cranberry juice is as effective in preventing UTIs as chronic antibiotic use is unknown. Its mechanism of action is to decrease adherence of some bacteria to the urothelium.
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners