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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The ones that we think about and encounter more frequently are earth metals like nickel and balsam of Peru, which is a component of many fragrances and flavorings," she said in a video interview at the annual meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association.
The list of potential allergens to consider includes metal (especially nickel, cobalt, and potassium dichromate), fragrances such as formaldehyde and balsam of Peru, and preservatives, as well as topical emollients, corticosteroids, antibiotics, and antiseptics.
There was no sensitivity found to Balsam of Peru and Formaldehyde.
Patch testing elicited positive reactions to balsam of Peru (a fragrance as well as a flavoring agent put in cola drinks that cross-reacts with orange juice) and cinnamic aldehyde.