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A bitter-tasting resin obtained from the dried root of the mayapple and used in medicine as a caustic.

[New Latin Podophyllum, genus name (Greek pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots + Greek phullon, leaf; see bhel- in Indo-European roots) + -in.]


(ˌpɒdəʊˈfɪlɪn) ,



podophylin resin

(Pharmacology) 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
[C19: from New Latin Podophyllum genus of herbs including the May apple, from podo-, from Greek pous foot + phullon leaf]


(ˌpɒd əˈfɪl ɪn)

a light brown to greenish dried resin obtained from podophyllum and used in an ointment for the removal of warts.
pod`o•phyl′lic, adj.
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Selection of producing podophyllotoxin endophytic fungi from podophyllin plant.
Jackson and Dewick (1984), for example, found that the content of podophyllotoxin, which is isolated from podophyllin (a resin produced by species of the genus Podophyllum, commonly known as 'may-apple'), is much higher (4.
Cytotoxic agents: Though scissor excision is the most preferred methods for genital warts, topical preparations of cytotoxic compounds like Podophyllin or Trichloroacetic acid are also utilized in USA and Europe (26).
It is safe in comparison with the toxic effects of 20% podophyllin antimitotic solution or 0.
Treatments that can be done without anesthesia (cryotherapy, podophyllin, tri- or bichloracetic acid, and 5-fluorouracil) will lead to complete clearance in two-thirds of patients, Dr.
2) Topical therapy with podophyllin resin 25% solution usually achieves resolution after 1-2 treatment applications.
Warts are normally burned off with repeated applications of a chemical called podophyllin, which is both time-consuming and difficult.
The other new medication is a gel form of podofilox, a purified and less irritating form of podophyllin, an old standby caustic office therapy for anogenital warts.