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ab·sin·thi·um

(ab-sin'thē-ŭm),
The dried leaves and tops of Artemisia absinthium (family Compositae). Now seldom used, the infusion formerly was used as a tonic; in large or frequently repeated doses it produces headache, trembling, and epileptiform convulsions.
Synonym(s): wormwood
[L., fr. G. apsinthion]
A perennial shrub that contains absinthum—a bitter principle—carotene, tannins, vitamin C, and volatile oils,—e.g., thujone and chamazulene; wormwood was once used as an anthelmintic, emmenagogue, an appetite stimulant, and to increased gastric and bile secretion
Toxicity Convulsions, impotence, muscular weakness, nausea, vomiting, and possibly death; per the FDA, wormwood is ‘unsafe’

ab·sinthe

(ab'sinth)
1. A woody European herb (Artemisia absinthium) formerly used as a flavoring agent, tonic, and vermifuge. The active principle is thujone (q.v.).
2. A liquor consisting of 60-75% ethanol flavored with absinthium, anise, fennel, and other herbs, long banned in the U.S. and some other countries because of its toxic effects and addictiveness.
Synonym(s): wormwood.
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