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[pod-uh-fil-in] /ˌpɒd əˈfɪl ɪn/
a resin, occurring as a light brown to greenish amorphous powder, obtained from podophyllum, and used in medicine chiefly as a cathartic and, locally, in the treatment of genital warts.
Also called podophyllin resin.
1850-55; podophyll(um) + -in2
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podophyllic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The treatment area and adjacent normal skin must be dry before contact with podophyllin.
British Dictionary definitions for podophyllin


a bitter yellow resin obtained from the dried underground stems of the May apple and mandrake: used to treat warts and formerly as a cathartic
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Podophyllum genus of herbs including the May apple, from podo-, from Greek pous foot + phullon leaf
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podophyllin in Medicine

podophyllin pod·o·phyl·lin (pŏd'ə-fĭl'ĭn)
A bitter-tasting resin obtained from the dried root of the May apple and used in medicine as a cathartic and caustic.

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