witch hazel


witch hazel
SYN: hamamelis.

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witch ha·zel 'wich-.hā-zəl n
1) any small tree or shrub of the genus Hamamelis esp one (Hamamelis virginiana) of eastern No. America that blooms in the fall
2) an alcoholic solution of a distillate of the bark of a witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) used as a soothing and mildly astringent lotion

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a preparation made from the leaves and bark of the tree Hamamelis virginiana, used as an astringent, especially for the treatment of sprains and bruises.

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witch ha·zel (wichґ haґzəl) Hamamelis virginiana. [USP] a clear, colorless distillate prepared from recently cut, partially dried twigs of H. virginiana macerated in water, used topically as a mild astringent. Called also hamamelis water.

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