Medical Definition of Lignum-vitae

1. A tree (Guaiacum officinale) found in the warm latitudes of America, from which the guaiacum of medicine is procured. Its wood is very hard and heavy, and is used for various mechanical purposes, as for the wheels of ships' blocks, cogs, bearings, and the like. See Guaiacum. In New Zealand the Metrosideros buxifolia is called lignum-vitae, and in Australia a species of Acacia. The bastard lignum-vitae is a West Indian tree (Sarcomphalus laurinus). Origin: L, wood of life; lignum wood + vita, genitive vitae, life. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)



Lexicographical Neighbors of Lignum-vitae

lignoceric acid
lignoceroyl-CoA ligase
lignoceroyl-CoA oxidase
lignone
lignones
lignophagia
lignosae
lignose
lignoses
lignosulfonate
lignosulfonates
lignotuber
lignotubers
lignous
lignum
lignum-vitae (current term)
lignum rhodium
lignum vitae
lignums
ligroin
ligroine
ligroines
ligroins
ligs
ligula
ligulae
ligular
ligularia
ligularias
ligulas

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