betony

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betony

(bĕt′n-ē)
n. pl. beto·nies
Any of several plants of the widespread genus Stachys in the mint family, especially S. officinalis, native to Eurasia and northern Africa and having spikes of usually reddish-purple flowers. It was formerly used as an herbal medicine. Also called wood betony, woundwort.

bet·o·ny

(bet'ŏ-nē)
Agent derived from Stachys officinalis; suggested ability to lower blood pressure; completely unsubstantiated claims as valuable in therapy for asthma, bronchitis, toothache, and many more disorders.
Synonym(s): bishop's wort.
[L. betonicus, vettonicus, pertaining to the Vettones, an ancient people]
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