betula

European white birch, bark and leaves of B. alba (family Betulaceae); native to Europe, northern Asia, and North America, north of Pennsylvania. It contains betulin (b. camphor), betuloresinic acid, volatile oil, saponins, betulol (sesquiterpine alcohol), apigenin, dimethyl ether, betuloside, gaultherin, methyl salicylate, and ascorbic acid; has odor of wintergreen and is used as a pharmaceutic aid (flavor/aromatic).

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Bet·u·la 'bech-ə-lə n a genus of trees and shrubs (family Betulaceae) of arctic and temperate regions of the northern hemisphere comprising the birches and including one (B. lenta) which is the source of birch oil

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Bet·u·la (betґu-lə) [L.] the birches, a genus of deciduous trees of the family Betulaceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. B. alґba L. is the white birch, whose bark yields birch tar oil. B. lenґta is the black birch, whose bark is a source of methyl salicylate.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • BETULA — arboris genus est, de qua sic Plin. l. 16. c. 18. Gaudet frigidis forbus et magis etiam Betula. Gallica haec arbor mirabili candore atque tenuitate, terribilis Magistratuum virgis. Eadem circulis flexilis, item corbium sportis. Bittumen ex ea… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Betula — genus of the birches, from L. betula birch, from Gaul. betu bitumen (Cf. M.Ir. beithe box tree, Welsh bedwen birch tree ). According to Pliny, so called because the Gauls extracted tar from birches. Birch tar is still sold as an analgesic and… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Betŭla — (B. L.), Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Betulaceae, der Monöcie Polyandrie L., Waldbäume u. Sträucher der gemäßigten u. kalten nördlichen Zone, einhäusig, männliche Blüthen in Kätzchen, Schuppen gestielt, eiblüthig mit 2 Läppchen unter der… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Betŭla — L., s. Birke …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Betula — Betŭla (lat.), die Birke …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • betulă — BETÚLĂ s. v. mesteacăn. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime …   Dicționar Român

  • bétula — s. f. [Botânica] Planta betulácea típica. = VIDO, VIDOEIRO …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • betula — bȅtula ž DEFINICIJA razg. pejor. neugledan ugostiteljski objekt; birtija, bircuz ETIMOLOGIJA tal. bettola …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Betula — Bouleau Wikipédia …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Betula — «Abedul» redirige aquí. Para otro árbol llamado del mismo modo, véase Alnus glutinosa. Para otros usos de este término, véase Abedul (desambiguación).   Abedul …   Wikipedia Español

  • Betula — noun a genus of trees of the family Betulaceae (such as birches) • Syn: ↑genus Betula • Hypernyms: ↑hamamelid dicot genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Betulaceae, ↑family Betulaceae, ↑birch family …   Useful english dictionary

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