- A perennial tropical herb that has been used as a treatment for nausea and bowel spasms. Ginger may lead to blood thinning. It is therefore best not taken with medications that prevent blood clotting (anticoagulants) such as warfarin/Coumadin.
* * *The dried rhizome of Zingiber officinale (family Zingiberaceae), known in commerce as Jamaica g., African g., and Cochin g. The outer cortical layers are often either partially or completely removed; used as a carminative and flavoring agent. SYN: zingiber.- Chinese g. SYN: galangal.- Indian g. SYN: Asarum canadense.- wild g. SYN: Asarum canadense.
* * *gin·ger 'jin-jər n1 a) a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes in medicineb) the spice usu. prepared by drying and grinding ginger2) any of a genus (Zingiber of the family Zingiberaceae, the ginger family) of herbs with pungent aromatic rhizomes esp a widely cultivated tropical herb (Z. officinale) that supplies most of the ginger of commerce
* * *gin·ger (jinґjər) [L. zingiber; Gr. zingiberis] [NF] 1. Zingiber officinale. 2. the dried rhizome of Z. officinale, used primarily as a flavoring agent. It is also used for the treatment of loss of appetite, flatulence, and colic and to prevent motion sickness in humans, and as a stimulant, carminative, and anticolic medication for horses.
Medical dictionary. 2011.