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cascara

 [kas-kar´ah] (Sp.)
bark.
cascara sagra´da dried bark of the shrub Rhamnus purshiana, used as a cathartic.
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cas·car·a sa·gra·da

the dried bark of Rhamnus purshiana (family Rhamnaceae); used as a laxative.
Synonym(s): cascara
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cascara sagrada

(sə-grä′də)
n.
The dried bark of the cascara buckthorn, having laxative properties. Its use in laxatives was banned in the United States in 2002.
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cascara sagrada

Herbal medicine
A deciduous tree, the bark of which contains anthraquinone glycosides; it is a widely and long-used laxative. It is also used by herbalists as a gastric tonic.
 
Toxicity
Cascara should not be used in pregnant women.
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cas·car·a sa·gra·da

(kas-kar'ă să-grā'dă)
An herbal remedy made from the bark of Rhamnus purshiana; a strong purgative laxative.
Synonym(s): sacred bark.
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cascara sagrada

The ‘sacred bark’ of the cascara buckthorn tree Rhamnus purshiana formerly popular as a strong laxative, but now seldom recommended.
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