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cascara sagrada

[suh-grey-duh, -grah-, -grad-uh] /səˈgreɪ də, -ˈgrɑ-, -ˈgræd ə/
the bark of the cascara, used as a cathartic or laxative.
1880-85; < Spanish: literally, sacred bark Unabridged
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cascara sagrada

the dried bark of the cascara buckthorn, used as a stimulant and laxative Often shortened to cascara
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Spanish, literally: sacred bark
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cascara sagrada

(Spanish: "sacred bark"), the dried bark of the buckthorn Rhamnus purshiana (order Rosales) used in medicine as a laxative. The tree is cultivated in North America and Kenya. Cascara sagrada is prepared in both liquid and solid forms. The activity apparently results from the combined action of several substances, a number of which have been isolated; they consist chiefly of anthraquinones.

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