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talus. adj., adj astrag´alar.


A genus of plants (family Leguminosae), notably Astragalus mollissimus (locoweed) on the range lands of western North America, capable of taking selenium from the soil and poisoning sheep, cattle, and horses. Astragalus gummifer is a source of tragacanth.


Surgical operation involving reconstruction or reformation of any structure using healthy tissue, usually in the course of cosmetic procedures.
[G. ana, again, + plastos, formed]


n. pl. astraga·li (-lī′)
1. The dried root of the East Asian herb Astragalus membranaceus of the pea family, used in herbal medicine. Also called milk vetch.
3. See talus1.

as·trag′a·lar adj.


A herb which contains betaine, choline, essential fatty oils, glycosides, saponins and vitamin A.
Chinese medicine
Used for its cardiotonic and diuretic effects, and for adrenal insufficiency, anorexia, bronchitis, cancer, colds, chronic fatigue, diabetes, diarrhoea, hepatitis, hypertension, immune deficiency, organ prolapse, profuse sweating and weakness of extremities.
Fringe oncology
Astragalus is said to be useful in managing cancer by boosting immunity.

Western herbal medicine
In Western herbology, astragalus has been used as a digestive tonic, to enhance immunity, and for managing AIDS, cancer, chronic fatigue and the common cold


A genus of plants (e.g., locoweed) on the range lands of western North America, capable of taking selenium from the soil and poisoning sheep, cattle, and horses. A. gummifer is a source of tragacanth.
Synonym(s): goat thorn, huang chi, milk vetch root, yellow leader.
[L., fr. G. astragalos, ankle bone]


The talus bone. The upper bone of the foot, on which the tibia rests.
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