The dried stigmas of Crocus sativus (C. Of ficinalis) (family Iridaceae), formerly used occasionally in flatulent dyspepsia; also formerly used as an antispasmodic in asthma and dysmenorrhoea and as a colouring and flavouring agent.
Origin: L. Fr. G. Krokos, the crocus, saffron (made from its stigmas)
(05 Mar 2000)
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