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- n. A bitter glycoside, extracted from dandelion, once used as a diuretic
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crystallizable substance extracted from the dandelion, on which the diuretic and tonic properties of its rootstock probably depend.
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Chemically the active ingredients of the herb are taraxacin, and taraxacerine, with inulin (a sort of sugar), gluten, gum, albumen, potash, and an odorous resin, which is commonly supposed to stimulate the liver, and the biliary organs.