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The dried rhizome of Hydrastis canadensis (family Ranunculaceae), a native of the eastern U.S.; formerly used in the treatment of chronic catarrhal states of the mucous membranes and in metrorrhagia.
Synonym: golden seal, jaundice root, yellow root.
Origin: mod. L. Fr. G. Hydor (hydro-), water, _ drao, to accomplish