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1. any member of the genus Rauwolfia, tropical trees and shrubs.
2. the dried root, or extract of the dried root, of one of these plants.
rauwolfia serpenti´na the dried root of Rauwolfia serpentina, sometimes with fragments of rhizome and other parts, used as an antihypertensive agent.
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Rau·wol·fi·a ser·pen·ti·na(row-wūl'fē-ă sĕr'pen-tīnă)
A genus of tropical trees and shrubs; has alkaloids that produce a sedative-antihypertensive-bradycardiac action.
[L. Rauwolf, German botanist, 16th century]
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Rauwolf,Leonhard, German botanist, 1535-1596.
rauwolfia serpentina - the dried roots of a tropical shrub whose extracts are used as hypotensive drugs and sedatives.
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