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yew

(yo͞o)
n.
1. Any of several poisonous evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs of the genus Taxus, having scarlet cup-shaped arils and flat needles that are dark green above and yellowish below. Yews contain compounds used in medicine and are often grown as ornamentals.
2. The wood of any of these trees, especially the durable, fine-grained wood of the Eurasian and North African species Taxus baccata, used in cabinetmaking and for archery bows.

yew (yōōˑ),

n Latin names:
Taxus brevifolia, Taxus baccata; parts used: bark, branch tips; uses: the deriva-tive taxol is used to treat metastatic cancers (particularly breast and ovarian); yew has traditionally been used for joint complaints, fever; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; patients with liver disease, compromised immune systems; those taking antineoplastic medications; may cause low blood pressure, hepatotoxicity, thrombocytopenia, anemia, leukopenia, neutropenia. Toxic, should not be used without supervision. Also called
American yew, California yew, chinwood, globeberry, ground hemlock, Oregon yew, or
western yew.

yew

see taxus.
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