balsam of Peru


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balsam of Peru

n.
The thick brown aromatic resin of a Central American tree (Myroxylon balsamum var. pereirae) in the pea family, used medicinally in skin lotions, allergy testing, and cough preparations and in the manufacture of perfumes.

balsam of Peru

n
(Plants) an aromatic balsam that is obtained from the tropical South American leguminous tree Myroxylon pereirae and is similar to balsam of Tolu. Also called: Peru balsam
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Noun1.balsam of Peru - dark brown syrupy balsam from the Peruvian balsam tree used especially in dressing wounds and treating certain skin diseases
Myroxylon balsamum pereirae, Myroxylon pereirae, Peruvian balsam - tree of South and Central America yielding an aromatic balsam
balsam of tolu, tolu, tolu balsam - aromatic yellowish brown balsam from the tolu balsam tree used especially in cough syrups
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That 3% positive rate is in the range of published figures for such well-known problem contact sensitizers as neomycin, thiuram mix, and Balsam of Peru.
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