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 (rou-wo͝ol′fē-ə, rô-)
Any of various tropical trees and shrubs of the genus Rauvolfia, especially R. serpentina, of South and Southeast Asia, the root of which is the source of alkaloid drugs such as reserpine.

[Variant of New Latin Rauvolfia, genus name, after Leonhard Rauwolf (1535-1596), German botanist.]


(rɔːˈwʊlfɪə; raʊ-)
1. (Plants) any tropical tree or shrub of the apocynaceous genus Rauwolfia, esp R. serpentina of SE Asia
2. (Pharmacology) the powdered root of R. serpentina: a source of various drugs, esp reserpine
[C19: New Latin, named after Leonhard Rauwolf (died 1596), German botanist]


(rɔˈwʊl fi ə, raʊ-)

n., pl. -fi•as.
1. any of various tropical trees or shrubs of the genus Rauwolfia, of the dogbane family, esp. R.serpentina, of India.
2. an extract from the roots of R. serpentina, containing reserpine.
[1745–55; < New Latin, after Latin. Rauwolf, 16th-century German botanist; see -ia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rauwolfia - any of several alkaloids extracted from the shrub Rauwolfia serpentina
Raudixin, Rau-Sed, reserpine, Sandril, Serpasil - antihypertensive consisting of an alkaloid extracted from the plant Rauwolfia serpentina (trade names Raudixin or Rau-Sed or Sandril or Serpasil)
alkaloid - natural bases containing nitrogen found in plants
2.rauwolfia - any shrub or small tree of the genus Rauwolfia having leaves in whorls and cymose flowers; yield substances used medicinally especially as emetics or purgatives or antihypertensives
genus Rauvolfia, genus Rauwolfia - pantropical genus of somewhat poisonous shrubs and small trees
Rauwolfia serpentina, snakewood - East Indian climbing shrub with twisted limbs and roots resembling serpents
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Buttyan, Anti-prostate Cancer Activity of a ss-Carboline Alkaloid Enriched Extract from Rauwolfia vomitoria.
Biological activity of endophytic fungi of Rauwolfia serpentina Benth: An ethnomedicinal plant used in folk medicines in Northeast India.
There have been a few studies on the combination of gemcitabine with an herbal extract before, more in particular a Rauwolfia vomitoria extract (Yu et al.
Two of the extracts he found derived from tropical plants, Pao pereira, a tree that grows in the Amazon rain forest, and Rauwolfia vomitaria, a shrub found in West Africa.
Phytochemical screening and Antimicrobial studies were carried out in a medicinally important plant species, Rauwolfia tetraphylla.
38) In addition, the antiepileptic properties of plant species such as Aconitum species, Piper species, and Rauwolfia serpentine have been attributed to their alkaloid compounds.
hexamethonium, hydralazine, rauwolfia, and methyldopa), the reason for the decline previous to 1950 was unknown as of 1975 (Rosen 1975).
24] reported the hypoglycemic activity of five Thai medicinal plants including Anogeissus acuminata (Combretaceae), Catunaregam tormentosa (Rubiaceae), Dioecrescis erythroclada (Rubiaceae), Mimosa pudica (Fabaceae), and Rauwolfia serpentina (Apocyanaceae), which have been traditionally used in the Northern part of Thailand.
In addition, the neuroprotective effects of the co-administration of Rauwolfia vomitoria and Gongronema latifollum in experimental rats is described.
He extracted numerous important compounds from Rauwolfia Serpentina, Holarrhena and Melia Azadirachata that is helpful for the field of medicinal sciences in Pakistan.
He extracted numerous important compounds from Rauwolfia Serpentina (chaand buti), Holarrhena (Kurchi) and Melia Azadirachata (Neem) that is helpful in the field of medicinal sciences in Pakistan.
Ajmaline was first isolated from the roots of Rauwolfia serpentina.